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fuelthemes says

Our theme just got disabled for a code similarity. Its in PHP code and about 5 lines.

Appearantly, both themes use the same shortcode generator (which is also released under GPL): http://www.themezilla.com/announcing-zillashortcodes/

I thought PHP code in WordPress was under GPL licensing and such PHP similarities cannot be issue of copyright.

Keep in mind, there is no official copyright claim or DMCA, and ThemeForest have taken action themselves.

If Themeforest is not abiding GPL 100%, should they not state this so that we prepare our work accordingly? I, personally, upload my themes knowing that my CSS, HTML and JAVASCRIPT is under copyright protection, but not PHP.

Some Envato sources on GPL: http://notes.envato.com/general/100-gpl-option-now-available-plus-woothemes-arrives/ http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/455

I quote: “PHP and integrated HTML fall under the GPL, which means buyers are free to use and distribute the PHP and integrated HTML, as long as they do so under the GPL.

The 100% GPL option will apply the relevant GPL license version to your entire theme or plugin, which means others are free to deal with, sell or distribute the item (or its components), as long as they follow the requirements of the GPL. “

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Dream-Theme says

Sounds super weird… Waiting for Envato staff reply.

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fuelthemes says

This is the response I got: “Apologies for the confusion, I meant to reference PHP and not CSS, which you can find on lines 169, 173, 174, 191, 264 and 284 of shortcodes-definitions.php. Although PHP is GPL, Envato does not condone the copying of other authors’ work as an internal policy.”

For God’s sake, that is a shortcode generator? I think all authors should be ready for a mass-removal if we are looking at similarities between PHP code, especially in shortcode generators.

6 lines of similarity under GPL license and my account was disabled (re-enabled) and my item is hard-removed.

They realize that by saying internal policy, they are not honoring GPL.

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Dream-Theme says

ALL themes on ThemeForest uses are using someone else’s GPL code. 100%. Moreover you do not have to search long to find Kriesis code in other top selling items. Everybody knows that.

Envato, guys, are you nuts out there? You do not notice others GPL code in top sellers, but removed this guys theme. Double standards?

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PrimaThemes says

@fuelthemes,

Could you share these “similar” codes here?

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fuelthemes says

Sure here is the code. This is the only code similarity throughout two themes and sent to me by the support and I THINK it is caused by the name “Nectar”.

$thb_shortcodes['pricing_table'] = array( 
    'type'=>'direct_to_editor', 
    'title'=>__('Pricing Table', NECTAR_THEME_NAME ), 
    'attr'=>array( 
        'columns'=>array(
            'type'=>'radio', 
            'title'=>__('Columns', NECTAR_THEME_NAME), 
            'desc' => __('How many columns would you like?', NECTAR_THEME_NAME),
            'opt'=>array(
                '2'=>'Two',
                '3'=>'Three',
                '4'=>'Four',
                '5'=>'Five'
            )
        )
    )
);
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fuelthemes says

I got double-standard’ed the first time the same item got removed because of design similarities to the same item in question, which we have provided original PSD files (10 files, total 160MB) for buyers when we uploaded our theme, initially. And my designer friend is a well-known art director in Turkey working for DDB. I can provide name and websites for my designer friend if wanted.

I am thinking either this author has a friend in Envato, because who else can disable an author’s account and remove his item based on the above code without official copyright statement or without any DMCA?

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bitfade says

Sure here is the code. This is the only code similarity throughout two themes and sent to me by the support and I THINK it is caused by the name “Nectar”.
just to clarify, NECTAR_THEME_NAME constant is defined/used in the other theme code and not in the GPL shortcode generator ?
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jk000jk says

I got double-standard’ed the first time the same item got removed because of design similarities to the same item in question, which we have provided original PSD files (10 files, total 160MB) for buyers when we uploaded our theme, initially. And my designer friend is a well-known art director in Turkey working for DDB. I can provide name and websites for my designer friend if wanted. I am thinking either this author has a friend in Envato, because who else can disable an author’s account and remove his item based on the above code?

For someone who sold that much I find shameful to cry about this. Didn’t you had the resources for something as simple as a ‘shortcode generator’. Also if he was first with the theme is no double standard.

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fuelthemes says


Sure here is the code. This is the only code similarity throughout two themes and sent to me by the support and I THINK it is caused by the name “Nectar”.
just to clarify, NECTAR_THEME_NAME constant is defined/used in the other theme code and not in the GPL shortcode generator ?

Just this file, “on lines 169, 173, 174, 191, 264 and 284”. So 6 words.

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