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ChapterThemes says

Am i correct that a regular license of a theme sold, should be used only once by the buyer?

If so, we all know that in 90% of the sales this is not the case. I think most of the bought themes are used more than once, certainly the ones who are highly customizable.

How do other authors deal with this? It’s something we can not control or foresee. Do you mind it or is it just something you accept and don’t bother about? IF it’s only to be used once that is…

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dnp_theme says

Simple: your client asks for support, you can check his purchase date. If his purchase date is way to far back in time, you ask him to confirm if he is developing a new website, like you would register his entries. The thing is: we cannot force him to make additional purchases for additional websites.. I think this is another lack of our powers.

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crossroad says

Simple: your client asks for support, you can check his purchase date. If his purchase date is way to far back in time, you ask him to confirm if he is developing a new website, like you would register his entries.

... and how its going to help you?

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BenSheppard says

You can’t deal with it, simple as, the good guys will buy a new licence for each thing, the bad guys will buy one and use it multiple times, there is no easy way to tell them apart, that’s life.

Just be glad it’s someone buying it I guess

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ChapterThemes says

Indeed we can’t do anything about. And yes, always glad people are buying.

I’m my case i was wondering it cause a buyer of my latest mailed me with questions and was telling me he or she was working on two sites with it.

Besides that, they also asked where the source for a theme module was, so they could use it in another project.

Well, i did mail them back that such thing is realy out of the question and pointed him to the license page and said he could use it once. But i also said i’m not going to make a big deal out of it since there’s nothing i could do realy..

My guess is there aren’t many ‘good guys’ as BenSheppard describes. And also lots of theme functions get moved out from themes to other projects.

Allthough it’s too bad for authors, maybe this lack of control is what makes buyers buy great items and there are a lot of sales…

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ThemeShaper says

Isn’t really anything you can do. Theoretically you could hook something up using the api and get them to register, then send it to your database, but its a fair bit of work and anything that makes it harder for legitimate users to use your themes isn’t the best idea imo.

It might be useful for Envato to reduce the price for multiple / repeat purchases of the same item (buy 1 get second half price kinda thing) but can’t see that happening.

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