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KBRmedia
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I know that this issue has been discussed multiple times, but I want to know the community’s opinion before starting to encrypt it. I am working on a new software and I intend to sell it on codecanyon. I want to encrypt only the script installer. This would be only one PHP file that validates purchase and installs the script. At the end, the encrypted PHP file would be deleted. Everything else would still be open source. I know that this will not prevent piracy of the software, but it will at least give them a hard time decrypting it. I would still provide full support to verified buyers if something goes wrong.

What are your thoughts – should I do it or is it worth it?

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Australia
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You could do that on the demo ( encryption ), but NOT on the sold item.

The sold item, AFAIK must be ready to go, and free from external / tracking installers or keys.

Furhermore, you cannot as far as i know, initiate some means of requiring buyers to pass ref code to decrpyt their purchase

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I’ve recently purchased a CodeCanyon script that installed encrypted files on my server. From what I’ve read in the forums, it’s not allowed. I’ve politely asked the author the rectify the situation, but he refuses to. I would like to know Envato’s official stance on allowing authors to do this because had I known that this was allowed, I’d have never purchased the script. The encryption is preventing me from modifying the script as I wish to and keeps the author’s logo (which is called from the author’s server) on my website.

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GDragoN
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I’ve recently purchased a CodeCanyon script that installed encrypted files on my server. From what I’ve read in the forums, it’s not allowed. I’ve politely asked the author the rectify the situation, but he refuses to. I would like to know Envato’s official stance on allowing authors to do this because had I known that this was allowed, I’d have never purchased the script. The encryption is preventing me from modifying the script as I wish to and keeps the author’s logo (which is called from the author’s server) on my website.

You need to contact Envato Support and let them know about this, they need to sort that out, since they have approved the item that is breaking the encryption / modification rules.

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I’ve recently purchased a CodeCanyon script that installed encrypted files on my server. From what I’ve read in the forums, it’s not allowed. I’ve politely asked the author the rectify the situation, but he refuses to. I would like to know Envato’s official stance on allowing authors to do this because had I known that this was allowed, I’d have never purchased the script. The encryption is preventing me from modifying the script as I wish to and keeps the author’s logo (which is called from the author’s server) on my website.
You need to contact Envato Support and let them know about this, they need to sort that out, since they have approved the item that is breaking the encryption / modification rules.

I actually did try contacting them 2 days ago. Still have no response. Since my last post, the developer claimed he’ll be sending me the decrypted files. However, it shouldn’t have come to me having to ask with the alternative being that I lodge a complaint.


Ask xxxxxx.com they can recover full source code :)

I’m not paying you to decrypt something that shouldn’t have been encrypted in the first place.

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Novartis
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As a buyer, I believe I would be scared of encrypted installers because I won’t be able to see from my own eyes what exactly the installer does. It may be installing the script ok , but will have every opportunity to do some ‘other’ work behind the curtain as well. I am not saying you would do it, but I am trying to think from a buyer’s perspective, especially some first-time buyer on envato market.

I think of pirates as some people who were never my customers and will never have bought my product even if it was not pirated anywhere. They include people who are poor, do not have means to buy anything via online payment systems, are born fraudsters, or are simply trying fully before buying. If the product is good, they will themselves come to buy it to get timely updates and dedicated support. Otherwise, they were not really serious or interested from the very go.

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webfector
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It has been said many times that authors are not allowed to encrypt their files or require any sort of verification in order to install. Envato’s official stance is that buyers need to have access to the source, and must be able to install without having features restricted/blocked for any reason.

Here’s my stance: I’ve purchased many items from CodeCanyon, and if the source was closed then I would contact Envato Support to get the issue resolved. Yes, each item is reviewed and must be approved, however that doesn’t mean every author is completely trustworthy. Installing closed-source apps on your server enables them to do secretive things.

Preventing piracy is simply not possible. Even with encryption, someone will find a way around it and release your code. All you can do is convince pirate users to buy your code by constantly pushing out new updates (and including details on these updates within the product), and providing support to confirmed customers only. If you do this properly, then allowing piracy would most likely improve your sales over time.

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It has been said many times that authors are not allowed to encrypt their files or require any sort of verification in order to install. Envato’s official stance is that buyers need to have access to the source, and must be able to install without having features restricted/blocked for any reason.

Here’s my stance: I’ve purchased many items from CodeCanyon, and if the source was closed then I would contact Envato Support to get the issue resolved. Yes, each item is reviewed and must be approved, however that doesn’t mean every author is completely trustworthy. Installing closed-source apps on your server enables them to do secretive things.

Preventing piracy is simply not possible. Even with encryption, someone will find a way around it and release your code. All you can do is convince pirate users to buy your code by constantly pushing out new updates (and including details on these updates within the product), and providing support to confirmed customers only. If you do this properly, then allowing piracy would most likely improve your sales over time.

I’m glad I’m not alone feeling this way. It’s just odd that I can’t find a clear statement from Envato- anywhere.

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I finally received a reply from Envato, 3 days later:


Hey Nick,

Thank you for contacting the Envato Market Help Team.

We do not allow our authors to encrypt code. While I appreciate your approach to this problem (contacting the Author), we really need to know the name of the item should the Author fail to correct the problem. Are you able to provide it?

Kind regards,

Robert B Envato Market Help Team

48 hours ago, the author claimed to be sending me the unencrypted files “within 24 hours”. I’m starting to get angry, now. Reporting him isn’t going to help me out, at this point. The author had planned an update to fix some bugs and I don’t want him to decide just to pull the script. I’ll then be out of the unencrypted files and the update.

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johnh10
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It has been said many times that authors are not allowed to encrypt their files or require any sort of verification in order to install.

Hmm I didn’t know this and have purchased items that require verification. Do you have a link to these author terms regarding item verification? I’ve been unable to find it.

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