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FinalDestiny says

That topic is quite hilarious, he says he posted his work and the next day, an elite author came up with a theme that had elements from his theme. First, only the review process takes like a week or so. People seem to overreact on anything that looks similar, there’s a difference between copying and similarity. 95% of the multipurpose themes are very similar from one to another yet they’re not copies. People would open topics even if they’d see someone else using a horizontal menu saying they copied it from you. Especially new authors. No offense, but that’s not how it works. :) Honestly, less than 1% of the items that are added here have more than 5% of a theme unique, anything else can be seen on other themes as well.

But again, it’s up to you, if someone would want to copy something, they have plenty of sources, they won’t look at a design that’s not even approved / submitted here. :)

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fillerspace says

Actually in this case he originally posted asking for feedback 3 months earlier. 7 days ago he posted the revised design, and the next day he saw the “copied” item. So the other author could have taken elements from the earlier design.

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fillerspace says

Judge for yourself:

The theme posted for feedback 3 months ago: http://uidevs.com/current/ (we don’t know if it looked like this at the time)

The theme by the elite author: http://demo.wellthemes.com/tera/

Note the slider and hover effects on the images to the right of the slider

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RG-Studio says

It looks suspicious to me… could be co-incidence though, can’t be sure about it because that kind of elements are very common. The hover effect looks like it has been changed just enough so it is not absolutely the same…actually I would say that the elite author has most probably taken some “inspiration” from the other guy :)

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FinalDestiny says

Those kind of effects are so popular and nothing really complex, the hover effects are just simple CSS animations seen in many themes, there’s nothing copied. The slider is simple too, nothing complex or unique, there’s nothing that has been copied there.

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fillerspace says

I agree this example could be coincidence, but it is enough to make people think twice about posting.

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explora says

If I rip of elements from YouTube or Facebook, everyone will notice because they are so well known.

I wonder what elements you could possibly copy from YouTube of Facebook to use it here on Themeforest. haha…

On topic.. No one would look for themes to rip off on a forum where people basically asks for design tips, I think. You are worrying too much about this. This is a very nice and friendly community, and there are more important things to worry about when trying to get an item accepted!

Good luck!

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jota_themes says

Have to agree with most comments here, if someone wants to copy anything he is probably not going to rip off a non approved theme on the forums.

You are making a big deal of the whole thing, planning everything too much. Just get the design right, the coding right. The best way for a successful start is to just start. Just consider getting it accepted a fairly good start, that many dont get.If its not a big sell, do it again..until you nail it. I am still working on that..and so are many other authors, its no big deal I think.

Cheers and good luck with the themes, hope to see them here soon;)

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RG-Studio says

Have to agree with most comments here, if someone wants to copy anything he is probably not going to rip off a non approved theme on the forums.

You are making a big deal of the whole thing, planning everything too much. Just get the design right, the coding right. The best way for a successful start is to just start. Just consider getting it accepted a fairly good start, that many dont get.If its not a big sell, do it again..until you nail it. I am still working on that..and so are many other authors, its no big deal I think.

Cheers and good luck with the themes, hope to see them here soon;)

I do agree with you that maybe I am planning it too much but after spending 5 years at Mathematics high school this is kind of inevitable… just makes you plan and calculate everything for the rest of your life :)

This approach has been successful for me so far though (with other projects not related to theme forest). This is how I always work – a lot of research, planning, organizing and then acting… there is always a chance to fail but at least I should try my best. I see that you are from Portugal so I would say I am a little bit like José Mourinho – I try to do my job as good as possible and I also try to make my “players” give their best.

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simonswiss says

If people are going to ‘steal’ your design ideas, they may as well do it once your item is approved.

As every author knows here – the day after your items start selling they are available for download all over the web on pirate sites.

Piracy and copyright infringement are things no one can magically float above from (maybe Chuck Norris can), and at the end of the day you need to focus on getting your work approved and being a high quality, high enough to perform here on ThemeForest.

I will give you my own little example:

From January to June 2013, i have worked really hard on trying to get an item approved on ThemeForest. I kept getting hard rejects although i thought my item was much better than some of the work approved here. Looking at that template now, i have giggles because it looks plain ugly and wrong on many design aspects.

I was scared that if i asked for an opinion, i would:

1) get ridiculous because authors here are so talented 2) get my hard work stolen

In June 2013 i finally took the plunge and posted a working demo on the ‘item discussion’ forum. The comments were pretty harsh, but they all ended by “don’t give up, we’ve all been there at some point’. So i didn’t give up. I re-worked the item, and re posted. Rinse and repeat.

A month later, my first item was approved, followed by a second and a third, each a month apart, and both approved on first attempt.

My third item went to a blazing start and sat on the top selling spot for its category for quite a few weeks. I thought to myself “that’s it, i’ve made it – elite author here i come!”. Sales eventually slowed down, and my item disappeared in the abyss of the endless TF sea of items.. It still sells, but nowhere near how it used to.

Here are my suggestions for a successful start in ThemeForest:

1) Stop being scared of having your work stolen 2) When you release an item, provide quick, friendly and stellar support 3) Listen to your buyers/potential buyers and provide added features, updates 4) Make everything possible to be in the best selling charts, and remain there as long as you can

I am now myself regularly going to the ‘item discussion’ thread and giving some reviews on users posting their work – because i am very grateful for the ones that helped me in the first place when i was about to give up.

I am certainly not selling enough to make a living from my envato earnings – but i can guarantee you that the amount of work requests i am getting through clients that found me via my TF portfolio is beyond what i could imagine only a few months ago, when i was spending hours on job boards trying to land some projects.

Good luck – stop thinking too much and let your guts guide you a little – and never forget that the community here is amazing and will help you much more than it will harm you..

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