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FerryTayle says

Hi all,

I’m thinking about printing small thumbnail screenshots of themes on sale here into a booklet so that my clients (who want a template design) can pick one and get me to purchase one for him. Are there any potential copyright issues associated with this? (If I specifically state that they are not my work and they are single-use only)

I have emailed support about this but they weren’t able to give a definite answer, I asked them if I should contact all of the individual authors about this and they agreed, however I would like the opinion of others in this forum (even though it doesn’t constitute as legal advice)

Thanks in advance.

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Jordan_M Envato team says

Hey there!

To display any theme (even a screenshot of the theme) on your own website/booklet, you would need to purchase a Regular License for each theme you wanted to screenshot. This would give you the right to use the image for that purpose and shouldn’t breach copyright laws.

P.S. Normally we can’t answer questions like this, but I happen to know this one ;-)

P.P.S. This isn’t legal advice :-P

Hope this helps! Jordan

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Ivor Envato team says

Great advice Jordan, thanks for that clarification.

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FerryTayle says
Hey there!

To display any theme (even a screenshot of the theme) on your own website/booklet, you would need to purchase a Regular License for each theme you wanted to screenshot. This would give you the right to use the image for that purpose and shouldn’t breach copyright laws.

P.S. Normally we can’t answer questions like this, but I happen to know this one ;-)

P.P.S. This isn’t legal advice :-P

Hope this helps! Jordan

Hi Jordan,

Thanks for that information, would that mean if I wanted to put a screenshot of a theme into my booklet and then use it on a separate project, I would need to purchase two regular licenses?

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campolar says

Unless you destroy your booklet, yes you’ll have to buy 2 licenses.

And i think it will be much better if you contact authors about printing a screenshot. If they’re fine with, u’ll save some money

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chipree says
Hey there!

To display any theme (even a screenshot of the theme) on your own website/booklet, you would need to purchase a Regular License for each theme you wanted to screenshot. This would give you the right to use the image for that purpose and shouldn’t breach copyright laws.

P.S. Normally we can’t answer questions like this, but I happen to know this one ;-)

P.P.S. This isn’t legal advice :-P

Hope this helps! Jordan

What if you have a theme directory website.. where you promote themes from themeforest(you know.. with referral links :p)?

Can you post a screenshot of the home page there? or a preview?

is that ok or are there legal issues there too??

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luckykind says

As long as you don’t claim the work as your own… I don’t think too many authors would be against you taking screenshots…

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chipree says
As long as you don’t claim the work as your own… I don’t think too many authors would be against you taking screenshots…

Thanks.. but I need a 100% answer. is it 100% ok or not? Is there 1% chance I might get in trouble for copyright infringement ?

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chipree says

For example user @External ( http://themeforest.net/user/external ) has such a site.

I might work at a project that will do the same thing.. that’s why all the questions :)

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luckykind says
As long as you don’t claim the work as your own… I don’t think too many authors would be against you taking screenshots…
Thanks.. but I need a 100% answer. is it 100% ok or not? Is there 1% chance I might get in trouble for copyright infringement ?

My original post was directed towards the OP…

To answer yours… no, if your linking back to Themeforest you don’t need to purchase a license to display them on your site… 100%... other wise the API would be useless…

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