I’m not sure if it’s okay to give my reviewers a free copy of the plugin. If not, can I create a reviewer copy of the plugin? I mean, with watermarks or texts that the reviewer is not allowed to distribute the copy and link to copyright page of envato?
Do you mean the reviewers on CodeCanyon, that are reviewing the file you’re wishing to sell?
If so, the reviewers need to see the final copy of the code; not a “reviewers copy”. They need to make sure everything you’ll be selling to marketplace buyers is up to scratch and adheres to standards, etc. They are not going to take what you’ve made and claim it for their own or distribute it themselves.
If you mean something else, please explain further.
I mean non-envato plugin reviewers. They will test the plugin on there site and check if there are any issues.
I would be careful here because we have done this before in regards to one of my other account which is non exclusive.
We gave a few copies to a few reviewing websites and by magic 2 days later our wordpress theme was all over sites giving it for free.
Even if a site has a good pr and traffic does not mean that the same website owner does not own or use other sites.
In business never trust anyone.
If you’re an exclusive author you’d need to distribute it freely before it is accepted to the marketplaces. After being accepted, and whilst for sale on here, each distributed copy must have a sale attached.
But yeah, see UBLs reply above ^