Hey guys, Just a reminder that items or accounts can seem to disappear (temporarily or permanently) for a huge range of reasons. No one will be able to tell you in any case what has happened, so please remember to respect everyone’s right to privacy and try to avoid public speculation.
It’s hard not to want to speculate when the two best seller authors on GR seem to have both disappeared… very odd!
Unfortunately to make sure it’s secure, you’re going to have to do as Tyler has put above. Anything less and you can’t be sure.
Also once you get the site back up and running, research every plugin you’ve used to see if anyone has reported vulnerabilities.
I had a WP site hacked in a similar way, and it was because they exploited a vulnerability in a plugin. Obviously after re-building, I found another way of solving the problem without that plugin and everything has been fine since.
Also, I like your glasses.
Without Envato (gr to be specific) I would have been doing a 9 to 5 design job with a mundane routine of things to do which really restricted my design fetish.
I’m a long way off making a living out of GR/TF but it was enough to allow me to leave my 9-5 job and work for myself on design projects of my choosing. Much happier now.
If I ever meet Collis, I’m hugging him.
Film and TV images are the ones being mentioned because it’s blatant – there is no way the author of a $6 flyer has sought licensing for images from Tron.
dany_j – You’ve got some really nice brochure templates. Am I okay to steal the car brochure design so I can use it to help me sell cars? Don’t worry though – I won’t let them keep it after they buy the car, so it’s actually free publicity for you
Silly example, I know – but do you see my point? You don’t have to be a big corporation to be harmed by this, independent photographers / designers could be losing out just as much.
As Collis put it in his post on this:
“I feel we are all in the business of intellectual property, so not only is it a legal requirement, but it simply makes sense that we should in turn be diligent in respecting other people’s IP and copyright.”
The files have been flagged up (quite rightly) on another forum.
Authors are not allowed to use images in their files or preview images where they are not licensed to do so. So all those preview images of film stars, musicians etc are not allowed.
Envato and authors have both been quite lax in this regard but it seems that this might be changing now…For more info, see this thread where the matter is being discussed: http://graphicriver.net/forums/thread/an-appeal-to-gr-authors/58116
Nice bit of research there Matu, the whole thread is very interesting reading!
To anyone who is using images in their previews that they do not have permission to, I suggest you update the images immediately.
The thread which Matu has quoted from includes many people saying things like ‘look at how this file is breaking copyright’ etc. EVERY SINGLE LINK they put on there now links to a dead page, i.e. the item has been temporarily disabled (including some from the top author here). These aren’t from a few shady authors either – files pulled include Orman Clarks best selling WP theme and work by SevenStyles.
Check Orman’s twitter, they pulled the files without notifying him either.
Please can we get an official statement on this and what action is being taken.
My understand is that it is not legal in preview images either. The preview is basically an advert for the product, no company would get away with sticking a picture of Keira Knightley on an ad for their product, I don’t see how doing it here to sell a flyer is any different in the eyes of the law.
Regarding Envato’s liability. We are responsible for ensuring we aren’t violating copyright on our files. However, Envato do make money out of the files – so I think they’d have to claim ignorance on the violation, citing the author as the one responsible. Not sure how far that stance would go if challenged though when some of the infrigement is pretty blatant.
Having said all that, I think it’s actually more about reputation rather than preventing legal action. If someone sees a file with work in it that they know is copyrighted, then that puts into question the authenticity of all files here.
Yup, I’m still here! Thanks for thinking of me!