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JeffreyWay says

Thanks for letting me know! :)

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digitalimpact says

Hey no problem :) (or was that for Kriesi? :P )

I kinda feel sorry for the guy … but since it was against Envato’s terms… I guess he had it coming…

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wpbakery says
Just an update that we’ve disabled the account of the author who created that link.

Why?

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AdamGold says

Nope.. He bought the adversite & the domain and putted this code in it:

< frameset rows=’100%, *’ frameborder=no framespacing=0 border=0 >< frame src=”ref=ecats88” name=mainwindow frameborder=no framespacing=0 marginheight=0 marginwidth=0 >< /frame >< /frameset >< noframes >< h2 >Your browser does not support frames. We recommend upgrading your browser.< /noframes >

Very smart. :D

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JeffreyWay says

Maybe clever – but not smart. We don’t allow for this, and that’s why we’ve disabled his account.

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_rohan says
Maybe clever – but not smart. We don’t allow for this, and that’s why we’ve disabled his account.

As an addition – Searching for ‘Themeforest’ on Google shows me an ad displayed below:

I don’t know what you can actually do about this, but it nonetheless seems like a way to piggyback on Themeforest’s popularity. Maybe send a quick email to the advertisers/Google.

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MDNW says

This might be a dumb question, but I’m now curious what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to promotion of ThemeForest using referral links. Jeffrey (or anyone else), can you explain in a little more detail?

1. Why was this user’s account suspended exactly? (I’m not being critical, it was a lame and misleading ad – but I am curious what legal line they crossed so I can stay a mile away from it).

2. What ARE we allowed to do in terms of advertising or promoting ThemeForest?

3. What IS NOT allowed?

I checked the license agreements and I suppose I’m still a little unclear.

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MDNW says

And just to play devil’s advocate, here’s a scenario I’m curious about:

A TF author purchases ads using Google’s Adwords, but never uses ThemeForest’s name except for in the destination URL . They are in effect promoting their Profile page and their products, even though they are on TF.

For instance, the ad might read like this:

Custom Website Templates Buy custom themes, templates, and more at this link. http://themeforest.net/user/fake

Is this allowed or does this violate the referral rule in the license doc? (18.a2 – http://themeforest.net/wiki/support/legal-terms/legal-membership-terms-and-conditions/)

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TylorSkory says

Yes, +1 epicera’s posts. I had the same questions when I read that the account got suspended.

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CallMePaul says
This might be a dumb question, but I’m now curious what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to promotion of ThemeForest using referral links. Jeffrey (or anyone else), can you explain in a little more detail?

1. Why was this user’s account suspended exactly? (I’m not being critical, it was a lame and misleading ad – but I am curious what legal line they crossed so I can stay a mile away from it).

2. What ARE we allowed to do in terms of advertising or promoting ThemeForest?

3. What IS NOT allowed?

I checked the license agreements and I suppose I’m still a little unclear.

I have the same questions. I think that the only thing that was wrong was that it was misleading users to think they were in TF, but besides that (which is a huge mistake) I think that using ads to promote your referral code shouldn’t be wrong, should it?

Paul

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