Hello everyone, I read a lot of documentation about items submissions and licenses etc. but still there are things that are not mentioned, for example I see Author X make an html template based on Author Y’s PSD template and same thing for any other category.. Now considering that the Extended Licenses are much more expensive I don’t see how an Author can be profitable if he makes an html file and buy an Extended Lisence of a PSD website design for hundreds of dollars and sometimes thousands and just expect himself to cover that and make a profit? Of course I’m guessing the Extended License is for when you “include” the PSD design with your template’s files, that’s understable to me but what about when you don’t include it and just point the PSD Item to his respective maker? So in short, let’s say I like a PSD design and I want to make an html version of that design, do I need to buy the Regular License and ask for permission from the owner? Or do I have to buy the Extended License? And if he gives me his permission, will he have a share of my revenue? Or All I have to do is link back to him? Also when I see a lot of Authors use images and titles in their item’s description, now in the description box there is no mention of the html tags to be used in such case or is it just not mentionned? Any clarifications will be highly appreciated guys and thank you for taking the time to read this. – Youssef
You can’t sell a coded version of a PSD template without PSD author’s permission, no matter if you buy Regular or Extended license. If you want to code a PSD from another author, you can do it in two ways:
1) Buy the exclusive rights from the author (The PSD author will give you an exclusive permission to code that PSD and all money that you earn from that coded version is yours, and yours only. The price tag for the exclusive rights varies from author to author, some will sell for a couple hundreds of dollars, some will ask for 1000+)
2) You and PSD author make a partnership, and agree to share profits from the coded version. For example, 70/30 means that you will get 70% of the earnings because you will also provide customer support, future updates for the file, etc, and the PSD author will receive 30%. Partnership is an less risky option than purchasing exclusive rights because you won’t lose any money if the file sales are poor.
@Vlajki Thank you for the extensive reply, appreciate it Let’s say I partnered with anther author, how can we proceed with our shares? Does Envato have anything to support partnerships or is it strictly between me and him (meaning I’ll have to pay him directly and not automatically after each transaction?)
People have been asking for Envato to implement a feature to manage partnerships (e.g. multiple authors team up to produce a file, and agree on a revenue split, and Envato pays out according to the agreed-upon percentages), but so far it has not been implemented. For now, you have to use one account to submit the item, and that account owner pays the other author. You have to trust each other for this. I think the cleanest way to do it is to just buy exclusive rights to a PSD and then you keep all the profits. This will be more expensive up front ($100’s to $1000’s), and there is some risk if the item doesn’t make much profit, so make sure you can handle that risk. Another option is to just hire your own designer to develop PSD’s and assign the rights to you from the beginning. Then you can submit the PSD yourself, and later HTML, WP, etc. all under one account. Again there is the risk that the items don’t sell, but the risk is lower because you can also profit from the PSD.