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SamBerson says

Hi there.

I recently published an HTML theme on a different account, and I had a few sales.

However, I saw the theme being used on a lot more websites than people had bought.

I also saw it on nulled theme sites.

Should I be extremely flattered that someone liked my theme so much they were willing to break the law to get it, or should I be upset and annoyed that they have stolen my hard work and are using it for free?

Please let me know what you think.

Sam :)

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wp_workshop says

Similar story with me, i have few themes on a different account. I wasn’t upset or flattered, it’s a normal thing today. When multi million dollar companies can’t prevent p r c y (can’t use whole word here :) ), us, simple theme authors certainly can’t as well.

But we can fight it – just send a DMCA takedown request to those ‘file sharing’ websites. (search for freshkiller here, it was created by envato member).

Anyway i am just curious… how did you find the websites using your theme?

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SamBerson says

Similar story with me, i have few themes on a different account. I wasn’t upset or flattered, it’s a normal thing today. When multi million dollar companies can’t prevent p r c y (can’t use whole word here :) ), us, simple theme authors certainly can’t as well.

But we can fight it – just send a DMCA takedown request to those ‘file sharing’ websites. (search for freshkiller here, it was created by envato member).

Anyway i am just curious… how did you find the websites using your theme?

Well it’s funny you should ask that question! At the bottom of my theme, I had added a <!- -> tag, which had a long string of numbers, which I can search in an HTML search engine!

Then, unless the site owners removed the <!- -> tag, I would know where my site was the whole time. Clever, no?

You should try it – it’s so useful!

Sam :)

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infuse01 says

...When multi million dollar companies can’t prevent p r c y (can’t use whole word here :) )...

Everytime I’ve read that it make me think on Harry Potter and Lord V-o-l-d-e-m-o-r-t :D

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