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LanceSnider says

I think as a buyer, these changes make Envato products cost prohibitive. I’m an app developer, and I’m constantly browsing the User Interfaces section of Graphic River for interesting app templates for mobile apps. Now I can no longer use them for apps that I sell unless I pay the pricey extended license. Keep in mind – some UI templates don’t even have the option of extended licenses.

Actually, that part of the license hasn’t changed. You always needed to purchase an extended license to use items in apps for sale.

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JaredRitchey says

I think as a buyer, these changes make Envato products cost prohibitive. I’m an app developer, and I’m constantly browsing the User Interfaces section of Graphic River for interesting app templates for mobile apps. Now I can no longer use them for apps that I sell unless I pay the pricey extended license. Keep in mind – some UI templates don’t even have the option of extended licenses.

Your post confirms the argument. Lots of people thought, like I did, that the extended license allowed for such use.

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LanceSnider says


I think as a buyer, these changes make Envato products cost prohibitive. I’m an app developer, and I’m constantly browsing the User Interfaces section of Graphic River for interesting app templates for mobile apps. Now I can no longer use them for apps that I sell unless I pay the pricey extended license. Keep in mind – some UI templates don’t even have the option of extended licenses.
Your post confirms the argument. Lots of people thought, like I did, that the extended license allowed for such use.

Yeah, that was one of the big reasons for this update. I’d be curious if you still feel it’s unclear after reading the new ones.

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minute says

I’m not an author, so I have to ask: Is it true that the price of extended licenses are fixed based on the price of the regular license? Why can’t authors set the price of the extended license? I ask because I’m hoping that the authors of some of the themes I’m interested in would rather reduce the price of their product with an extended license instead of completely losing the sale because of the high price.

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SurStudio says

Regular License

You are licensed to use the Item to create one single End Product for yourself or for one client (a “single application”), and the End Product can be distributed for Free.

End Product can be distributed for Free, really?

So I can buy a few CodeCanyon scripts, create a WP theme with all of them and upload it to the internet, so everybody can download it and use it for free? Really?

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JaredRitchey says

Hello Lance, my answer below;




I think as a buyer, these changes make Envato products cost prohibitive. I’m an app developer, and I’m constantly browsing the User Interfaces section of Graphic River for interesting app templates for mobile apps. Now I can no longer use them for apps that I sell unless I pay the pricey extended license. Keep in mind – some UI templates don’t even have the option of extended licenses.
Your post confirms the argument. Lots of people thought, like I did, that the extended license allowed for such use.
Yeah, that was one of the big reasons for this update. I’d be curious if you still feel it’s unclear after reading the new ones.

After reading the new ones I’m actually more clear about the license than what I understood or should I say I’ve assumed for 2 years.

All this time I figured extended license verbiage was not to dis-similar than a developers license. I sent Envato two emails in the past year alone asking about this as I wanted to use a jQuery Slideshow in a product I sell.

If you take for instance that I purchased inFocus which is by MySiteMyWay and compare it to similar items; It has more restrictions on both licenses through Envato than the themes they sell on their own site, which, by the way, I purchased what the developers call the “Ultimate Developers WordPress Bundle” as well.

Because of the Envato license I now realize that I can’t use InFocus theme on the site I purchased it for because the site sells product and services, its a hosting company site.

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LanceSnider says

I’m not an author, so I have to ask: Is it true that the price of extended licenses are fixed based on the price of the regular license? Why can’t authors set the price of the extended license? I ask because I’m hoping that the authors of some of the themes I’m interested in would rather reduce the price of their product with an extended license instead of completely losing the sale because of the high price.

Yes, right now it’s a multiplier. That said, in the next phase of this project, we’ll look into other options. :)


Regular License
You are licensed to use the Item to create one single End Product for yourself or for one client (a “single application”), and the End Product can be distributed for Free.

End Product can be distributed for Free, really?

So I can buy a few CodeCanyon scripts, create a WP theme with all of them and upload it to the internet, so everybody can download it and use it for free? Really?
Definitely not. You can NEVER distribute the source of an item. You can only distribute the end product the item was created with. For example, if you create a free DVD with an After Effects project, you could distribute that DVD.

Because of the Envato license I now realize that I can’t use InFocus theme on the site I purchased it for because the site sells product and services, its a hosting company site.

Actually, that’s perfectly okay. :) Just because the site sells a service doesn’t mean you need the extended license. You would only need the extended license if that site were completely closed of to non-paying users.

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gbs says

Because of the Envato license I now realize that I can’t use InFocus theme on the site I purchased it for because the site sells product and services, its a hosting company site.

Why not? You are selling hosting services, not selling the website template itself which you have bought. So I think there’s no problem here. Lance did write it clearly, too:


So basically your site is a store. Is that correct? In that case, the regular license is fine. The EL is only for products that are going to be sold. For example, if you used an image in a game for sale. The fact that your site sells something commercially doesn’t necessarily make it so that you’d need the extended license.
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JaredRitchey says

Thats Excellent Lance!

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mrhocs says

I’m concerned now that we will see yet another price increase across the bored on all Envato sites. Last year, I noticed a significant price increase on several items (mainly TF) forcing me to look elsewhere for themes. Prices will keep going up and eventually people find another outlet to sell/buy from.

I’m welcome transparency with licenses, but if this is going to carry a price increase, I’ll be sure to find other theme/plugin sellers.

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