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on3fifth says

I know of the license page here http://themeforest.net/licenses/regular_extended but I kinda is confusing and I want to know one thing. I have a good friend that bought a website from a bigger company in my town. The cost was $2200 to do the site. I am a designer but he traded this company out for photography as that’s what my buddy does. I don’t think he is aware of it being a template bought on themeforest.net. I wanna know if they did anything illegal by selling this theme to him and putting their copyright on it claiming it was designed by them? The only real changes they made was some Javascript in the home page for a cool photo gallery. I kinda feel ripped of myself if people can just buy a theme off of themeforest and really not knowing anything about coding or anything I have had to find out by just doing it. I design the my site code from the ground up not I do not buy a theme and claim it is my hard work I put into the site.

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crozer says

That’s what most buyers/customers do. They buy something for an incredibly cheap price here on TF, resell it to their end-client/company for the cost of a real template/website, adapt and customize certain elements if necessary, and, in some cases, add their authoring phrase.

It’s quite usual and there is nothing illegal with it. Of course, it can be considered a morally-not-so-great way of working, but that’s how some do it; and they leave quite good off of it.

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on3fifth says

Well these guys are “professional” designers. That seems so un-professional but hey what do I know. Ok another question does it matter which version they buy of the license? For this one there is the regular for $35 and extended for $1750. I guess the question is can they buy the cheapest version just for one site? and make nearly $2165? This really makes me sad if so. Since I really like coding from scratch and not claiming others work.

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EugeneO says

They can do it with the regular license because the theme is only being used on one installation. If they were to sell another website using the theme they would have to buy another regular license and so on and so on.

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on3fifth says

Thank you everyone that answered my question perfectly. It kinda makes me upset to see this happen but I do love themeforest and codecanyon a lot it is not their fault people do this it is the designer. Thanks again everyone

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chrisakelley says

Well these guys are “professional” designers. That seems so un-professional but hey what do I know. Ok another question does it matter which version they buy of the license? For this one there is the regular for $35 and extended for $1750. I guess the question is can they buy the cheapest version just for one site? and make nearly $2165? This really makes me sad if so. Since I really like coding from scratch and not claiming others work.

you would have to be more clear on what they do… if they bought the theme made no changes added no content and said here you go you have to add the rest then yeah they profited 2165.

but if they installed the template, set it up, added content, made customizations etc, they likely charge accordingly, they offered a services and got paid for it using a template just cheapens things for the end-client because if many of theses themes were commissioned for a client some authors could easy charge in the $10k-20k range.

now on the moral side of things they should have told your “friend” that they will be using a template to help save on cost and that there may be more sites like it.

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julienmassie says

Keep in mind that you don’t have to deal with the client here. You don’t add content, manage page, install everything, take phone call, send e-mail, re-send e-mail, redo everything twice because it could be better like this. You just support the buyer and ask a couple of question in your templates comment section.

But most important, you dont have to find the client. Its the advantage of themeforest, if you find a client just use your own templates here and charge im the full price for the installation.

You can also design a custom site for a client, and tell him that if he don’t pay you 10 000$ ( the full price for a 100% coded, installed custom website that you will use just for him, a unique piece. ) you have the right to sell the templates on the web, but you tell him that he will have the advantage of getting it for cheap and you will have the advantage to get more stuff that is selling by itself here and maybe make more than 10 000$ with the same site 2 years later.

Sorry for my english, im so french.

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