There is a certain competing marketplace which I shall not name here (it is a market full of creative people…) where my ENTIRE company has been pirated. Someone created an account using my company name, logo, marketing, and ALL my themes and is selling them and then passing its customers to me for support. Obviously my themes (and everyone else’s) are being pirated all of the Internet, so it’s not that I’m so concerned about that. What bothers me is that what if ThemeForest sees that? Will they check with me first to verify if this is really me? Or will they just automatically assume I’m breaking my exclusive license terms and selling my themes at other sites? That would of course result in an immediate suspension of my account and would be disastrous.
Has this happened to you? If so, what did you do about it? Should I officially inform ThemeForest just so they have on record that I’m not selling my themes other places?
P.S. Yes I’ve contacted this other marketplace already and told them to delete the shop and all themes associated with it.
Well this is a total bummer and and aspect that I haven’t thought of. Need to keep an eye on this… too.
I would inform TF Support if you have not already – to maintain communication so they do not automatically disable your themes/account. Most likely someone has seen this post and looked it up already.
That’s really terrible.
I know right!? I tried to create an account at this marketplace but it said my username was already taken. Ugh that sucks, especially because it’s like now I can’t ever create that account on that site because it’s been defiled. I guess if anything let this be a word of warning to my fellow theme authors: go to all of the other legit marketplaces and grab up your username as soon as you can so this doesn’t happen to you.
(not saying to upload your themes there just saying to grab your username so other people don’t use them to pirate your company).
Sadly this does not surprice me at all.. people don’t have any respect for others!
Just requested staff reply. All authors must read this post. I’ve checked it and saw a lot of items and TF authors aside from IndustrialThemes. This is probably the reason why I’ve seen a lot of locked account threads lately. Envato should communicate with this site.