So i have one question now, if we use one mock-up for example free distributed on the internet we still have to make 20% changes before use it?
Hello chitic_flori! Could you tell me where you are getting the “20%” from in relation to mockups? The only reference to “20%” that I know of is in these guidelines and it pertains to creating icon packs and selling them on GraphicRiver which must contain 20% of your own, original icons – see page 2 here and again on page 10.
If i make project for videohive. Can i use social icons in my project? For example one of the authors project: http://videohive.net/item/3d-social-icons-package/5915840?WT.ac=solid_search_item&WT.seg_1=solid_search_item&WT.z_author=CandyMustache
Hi Amberija! Yes, this kind of use/project IS permitted. See Exception #7 and note how the icons are appropriately integrated, in context, into the item’s design.
@Rubiqubel How about this for a nice, quick compromise? Josh Janssen who is our Content & Social Media Officer (who takes rather nice photos in and around Envato), has updated the Creative Commons License on his “Day in the Life of Collis” photographs so you can now use them in your themes! Enjoy! Now I’m guilty of posting off-topic. D’oh!
I have a suggestion for the fine folks at Envato, reagarding the photos in the Envato flickr feed: I know changing their licensing might not work, cause then “outsiders” might use it on commercial work, but I was wondering if authors might get a free pass at using them in theme previews for example.
The photos there only seem to get better and better and there are some really good candidates for a genuine agency / business type environment: places, people, closeups, etc. I use some on a local test site for an upcoming theme and they make it look pretty awesome!More and more designers seem to be joining the “share my quality photos for free” movement and I intend to do the same soon. So… what do guy you think?
Hi Rubiqube! Great idea and I’ll pass it along to the people who handle our Flickr account for sure.
That said, (a) let’s keep this thread on topic, please – it should only be used for questions pertaining to the IP/Trademark guidelines and (b) generally speaking, most if not all of authors would probably prefer to have total creative control over their items and I suspect they would prefer to continue to buy or obtain their own images for the design/style they would prefer to implement rather than utilize a set of photos that could end up being used by the same people over and over. As well as purchasing images from PhotoDune which is what a lot of authors like to do, there are also a lot of free online images resources that authors can utilize. Always carefully check and adhere to IP rights when using other people’s images of course and ask the creator of those resources if you’re not sure.
Again, still going to pass this along for you, nice idea, thank you!
Lovely interview Calin/Jonathan! So nice to take a sneak peek behind the curtain and see how the infamous Atkinson family keep rolling out gem after gem of beautifully designed themes and templates. You have such a consistent eye for bold color and strong typography, Jonathan, I always look forward to your next creation. Tip for Jonathan01 fans – follow him on Dribbble!
Best of luck with the gorgeous Swiss theme and your brand new E-mail template. You were one of the earliest pioneers of e-mail templates on ThemeForest, weren’t you?! And still going strong. Best of luck with your continued success on ThemeForest, Jonathan (and Barb!). Speaking of Barb, maybe we can interview her separately next time and find out what it’s really like to live and work with you?
So what do we do if we want to use a slider showing devices that displays how the theme looks on them?! So is that that then showing compatibility and thus allowed?
You’re exactly right, this is permitted in the preview only because it demonstrates compatibility of the item with the real-world product as per Exception #5.
What’s the situation with systems like OpenCart that comes with a default demo content on installation? In OpenCart it’s mostly Apple products? Can we use the default OpenCart installation to showcase the theme would work bolt-on with the System or not?
In this case, because you are demonstrating how your item might work when implemented by the buyer you can use images of real-world products only in your preview. See Exception #5 in our article that explains a few more details about what we’re talking about.
Another instance, I can go to Graphic River and purchase recreations – to the pixel – of everything Apple (iMacs, iPhones, iPads etc) I presume that because of the new legal changes they will all be removed from GraphicRiver in time as they are solely copying a registered product owned quite strictly by Apple – or could I purchase one of these from Graphic River and use that in my landing page (would be the same effect as using a proper image of the iPhone in my example above) – if I can’t use a photo, but I can use a graphical representation sold from your other marketplace that seems to be in direct competition to the new legal rules? Jonathan
Hi Jonathan! Thanks for your patience on this one. I’m still verifying one aspect of your original question so I’ll get back to that ASAP, but for now I just wanted to respond to the part of your question I’ve included above.
When purchasing items from our Marketplaces, they are subject to the licence terms which state that you can not buy an item and then use it in another template.
Aside from the licence issues, using real-world products in your item download on GraphicRiver are only allowed in the product mock-up category as per Exception #4 in the article and use in your item previews is under Exception #5 i.e. used to show compatibility or to demonstrate how your item works.
In terms of items being removed, we’re conscious of the fact that there will be items on the Marketplaces that were submitted before the new approach has been implemented. Although at this stage we’re not planning an immediate retrospective review of all items on our Marketplaces, this is something that we will look into in the future. Until then, only items submitted after these changes go live will be subject to the new IP approach. We’d prefer to focus our review team’s time on reviewing new items for authors.
I hope that helps clarify but please let us know if you need anything further.