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ThemeFluent says

Where can we find information about Envato’s policy on authors ‘copying’ existing items and putting them up for sale, or copy/pasting the description of an existing item into their own new item description?

I see a few of these cases and know one that was reported to Envato staff more than a month ago but no action was taken. I’m not attempting to bring attention to this specific case or shame the author, I just want to know what the official policy is.

Is it somehow ok for new authors to copy other authors items, or to copy/paste the item descriptions word-for-word when they are not feeling creative or original?

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Pricop says

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Having some rules about this would be great as I was and probably still am in the same situation.

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Australia says

I would imagine the “company line” is, contact support. Seems to be the only way you would get a specific response.

On a side note, Each time I see your username i always think it says. ” Them Efluent”

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GravityDept says

Send a DMCA takedown. Be ready for the legal implications of that.

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ThemeFluent says

Send a DMCA takedown. Be ready for the legal implications of that.

I am talking about cases where the original items are here on Envato marketplaces.

Two examples:

1. A new author purchases an item from an Envato marketplace and makes some small modification to it. The item is largely the same, but the new author submits it for sale as their own work after creating new description, images etc.

or

2. A new author creates an item that is probably different enough to be considered original, but bases it on the concept of an existing item. The new author then copy/pastes the description from the sales page of the existing item into his new items description.

In the above two cases, would a DMCA notice be the proper action to take?

In either case, it should be fairly obvious to Envato staff what happened if they look at the two items because they either have identical descriptions or item content.

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SoundFix says

Is it somehow ok for new authors to copy other authors items, or to copy/paste the item descriptions word-for-word when they are not feeling creative or original?

Yeah, that’s totally fine, but only when they are not feeling creative or original .

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Pricop says


Send a DMCA takedown. Be ready for the legal implications of that.

I am talking about cases where the original items are here on Envato marketplaces.

Two examples:

1. A new author purchases an item from an Envato marketplace and makes some small modification to it. The item is largely the same, but the new author submits it for sale as their own work after creating new description, images etc.

or

2. A new author creates an item that is probably different enough to be considered original, but bases it on the concept of an existing item. The new author then copy/pastes the description from the sales page of the existing item into his new items description.

In the above two cases, would a DMCA notice be the proper action to take?

In either case, it should be fairly obvious to Envato staff what happened if they look at the two items because they either have identical descriptions or item content.

1. That would be easily taken down on a report via the support.

2. I do agree with you, if the Items are on pretty much the same a carbon copy description should never be allowed.

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ThemeFusion says


Send a DMCA takedown. Be ready for the legal implications of that.

I am talking about cases where the original items are here on Envato marketplaces.

Two examples:

1. A new author purchases an item from an Envato marketplace and makes some small modification to it. The item is largely the same, but the new author submits it for sale as their own work after creating new description, images etc.

or

2. A new author creates an item that is probably different enough to be considered original, but bases it on the concept of an existing item. The new author then copy/pastes the description from the sales page of the existing item into his new items description.

In the above two cases, would a DMCA notice be the proper action to take?

In either case, it should be fairly obvious to Envato staff what happened if they look at the two items because they either have identical descriptions or item content.

Both of these scenarios are valid for a DMCA takedown. Simple as that.

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Australia says

Surely though if a similarly scripted/presented file is on Envato. The DMCA should be invoked by the Author ( seeking resolution ) and issued by Envato on his behalf.

Surely, the very fact that a file with similarly coded, appearance whatever has been published / allowed by Envato, they must bear some responsibility.

Merely screaming “DMCA” surely reflects badly n Envato if the issue is internal.

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amardeep says

Envato is a marketplace… and generally speaking, in a market we tend to find similar items, we just have to find out the suitable product. I believe it would be hard to keep a track on similar items at this stage.

Cheers :)

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