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mikemcalister says

I don’t want to name names but there have been a few different themes released recently that resemble themes already prominent in the marketplace. Just on the homepage now there are a few different themes that could all be the same theme with a few adjustments.

If these themes are allowed to remain indefinitely, don’t you think that waters down the marketplace a bit? It boils down to quality vs. quantity.

It would be nice if some of the themes disappeared after so many months with little to no sales. Once it’s clear there isn’t a market for the theme, it’s removed. This may seem a bit drastic, but I think it would help the duplicate theme layouts and options. It force authors to be more creative and think outside the box.

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CreatingDrew says
I don’t want to name names but there have been a few different themes released recently that resemble themes already prominent in the marketplace. Just on the homepage now there are a few different themes that could all be the same theme with a few adjustments.

If these themes are allowed to remain indefinitely, don’t you think that waters down the marketplace a bit? It boils down to quality vs. quantity.

It would be nice if some of the themes disappeared after so many months with little to no sales. Once it’s clear there isn’t a market for the theme, it’s removed. This may seem a bit drastic, but I think it would help the duplicate theme layouts and options. It force authors to be more creative and think outside the box.
Unless I’m mistaken, themes with no sales do get removed after a certain period of time, but that may have changed.

If you feel there has been a copyright violation, you can and should start a support ticket. Other than that, I think the buyers and market drive what themes are produced, it always changes over time ;)

And, like you said, please don’t name any names or call out any authors. The forums are here to be used as a positive tool, not to bash anyones item or creativity. Just a heads up to everyone :)

-Drew

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mikemcalister says
I don’t want to name names but there have been a few different themes released recently that resemble themes already prominent in the marketplace. Just on the homepage now there are a few different themes that could all be the same theme with a few adjustments.

If these themes are allowed to remain indefinitely, don’t you think that waters down the marketplace a bit? It boils down to quality vs. quantity.

It would be nice if some of the themes disappeared after so many months with little to no sales. Once it’s clear there isn’t a market for the theme, it’s removed. This may seem a bit drastic, but I think it would help the duplicate theme layouts and options. It force authors to be more creative and think outside the box.
Unless I’m mistaken, themes with no sales do get removed after a certain period of time, but that may have changed.

If you feel there has been a copyright violation, you can and should start a support ticket. Other than that, I think the buyers and market drive what themes are produced, it always changes over time ;)

And, like you said, please don’t name any names or call out any authors. The forums are here to be used as a positive tool, not to bash anyones item or creativity. Just a heads up to everyone :)

-Drew

They may be removed, I’m not sure either. I hope that’s the case though. I’m definitely not here to call anyone out or start trouble. I’ve just been thinking about this a lot lately.

I really don’t think this issue is as serious as a copyright violation, it’s more the principal and ethics behind it. Technically, no, some themes aren’t identical but sure, their inspiration from other themes is easily identified.

I understand the concept buyers determine what’s hot and what’s not. However, I don’t think this is reason enough to encourage (whether intentional or not) watering down of themes to meet the markets current “hot” product. Instead, if everyone was encouraged more to do their own thing, you could have several hot trends selling in the marketplace. I know authors should be encouraged to do that by default, but not everyone is that creative. Which is why you end up with the cookie cutter themes. That’s where stricter reviewing would come in handy.

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DDStudios says

As you said , not everybody is creative.

People think more about what would sell than what they really want to create.

I find myself in that situation a lot and I try to avoid it but it’s not always easy.

Nice thread.

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