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Code125 says

Dear all “Developers”,

I want to ask you about any possible way to protect your wordpress themes from pirating, i know some do it using the envato purchase API, but my concern is it always return true/false at the end which can be hacked and be released on these websites.

Any thoughts on how to secure our work ?

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Markic says

Only thing you can do is run around those sites, follow the links and than flag them as piracy. Most hosts will than remove the link. But you really can’t fight this. Integrating any activation mechanism can make it harder for true buyers to activate the theme.

I don’t know if this is allowed, but you can hide the link to your site and than track it trough google (google => site:link.com/specificurl), but that way you can only be aware of what’s happening with your themes in the wild.

EDIT: Can someone from Envato share their thoughts on how they are fighting this. Do they have people in their team who are specialised for this problem?

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FinalDestiny says

You can’t. One can buy your theme and share it for free. There’s nothing you can do in this case :P

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uouapps says

perhaps you can insert a tracking code within your items so that you can find the list of sites using your theme, then the problem remains to identify who’s a buyer and who’s not

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charlie4282 says

perhaps you can insert a tracking code within your items so that you can find the list of sites using your theme, then the problem remains to identify who’s a buyer and who’s not

You might be able to do this using a tracking code in the DEMO version of the theme BUT you definitely cannot add tracking to the downloadable version of the theme as it would breach all sorts of privacy agreements.

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Code125 says

Thanks all for your replies ….

My major concern is the code of the theme is open for buyers so they always see the source code and one can track the code and disable the verifier.

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FinalDestiny says

Even if you’d see all the websites using your theme, you wouldn’t be able to know which one bought, Envato doesn’t share the username of the buyers and the websites they’re using the theme on.

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FRESHFACE says

..the code of the theme is open for buyers so they always see the source code and one can track the code and disable the verifier.

Well, you could always throw in some Game of Thrones spoilers between those lines..

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Code125 says


..the code of the theme is open for buyers so they always see the source code and one can track the code and disable the verifier.
Well, you could always throw in some Game of Thrones spoilers between those lines..

I believe it worth trying … Games are interesting :D

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Vivaco says

we have actually faced the same problem as a TF authors some time ago.. Eventually we have partnered with some very smart and mature coders who have launched a service that provides piracy links automated discovery&takedown for our templates, and we really like the results so far.

From our own experience: the piracy can’t be defeated completely, but there is a large amount of potential buyers that don’t buy only because they can find like 10 easy-one-click-download piracy links instantly any time of the day, but they would buy if there wasn’t any other options left. So there is indeed a moderate boost, but what matters more is the end product – if you have a great product and awesome support – you will get your money.

P.S. We want to help them grow but don’t want to advertise.. so if anyone interested in checking out the beta – please send me a direct message and i will forward it.

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