If the theme has no widget areas why would it need to be widget ready? How can you style widgets for widget areas that do not exist? If it is a requirement of the review process why would it be listed in the item page sidebar as if it’s an optional feature?
As the saying goes “you can’t fight the ocean”. You can spend hours searching for and sending DMCA notices to try to prevent the issue but they are just going to spring back up faster than you can send the notices out. I used to dedicate time doing this and I quickly came to the conclusion that it was a waste.
If you find an entire site dedicated to pirated themes then absolutely send the DMCA and inform Envato, but tracking down individual links from upload sites is futile. Instead put the energy and focus into producing new work because if your work is good people will pay for it.
This is a T&Cs loop hole that should be addressed. The items on the marketplace should be advertised and sold based on their own merit which keeps things fair and preserves the value of our items sold here. The way I see it this is no different than bundling which isn’t allowed.
I don’t want to be in charge of the price (you can currently ask for a price increase anyway), and I don’t want to abolish the review process. What I do want is to worry about the creative while Envato handles the rest. And if that’s not going to happen, the least Envato can do is change that tagline, which stands as a complete slap in the face right now.
I think most authors agree with you. If this marketplace is really just the selling “platform” we are now being told it is us authors should be able to set prices and should be free to sell whatever we want so long as it works as advertised, is legal and fits the product category.
But we don’t want that. We want the marketplace to be what it was (or at least what we were lead to believe it was) when we signed up.
...He explained some stuff to me, and all have to tell you… why not commission system… well trust me we do not want it!
If what Collis has said to you is so convincing as to why the commission based model is so bad why is it so difficult for him to communicate that here so we can all be convinced and move on with our lives?
doru saidI would rather my information, however limited it might be, is not passed out to thousands of people I have had no contact with what so ever. Envato need to stop complicating the situation and accept their responsibility as the seller.
From a recent post we’ve learned that envato gives some additional information if you contact them privately, for example we’ve found out that they are planning to give to buyers author information, and to authors, buyers information.
The statement page column headings make no sense. The “Price” column does not show the price of the item (as stated on the item page) and “Amount” is ambiguous.
Envato does too much and has complete control over too many aspects of our arrangement to be considered anything less than the seller. Envato has complete control over payment processing, pricing, order fulfillment, issuing refunds, which specific items are sold and to a large extent promotion. Now, despite claiming to not be the seller, Envato is even planning on paying VAT for me. To me that is a contradiction.To me a “platform” or intermediary would be a site like ebay where:
- You pay a subscription, listing or sale fee (which is what we are now being told commissions were all along).
- You are free to sell anything that fits the scope of the market and is legal. The market place should not be able to refuse an item based on an individuals subjective opinion over quality.
- You are given a space to list and promote your goods.
- You deal directly with the buyer and receive all payments directly from them. That clearly isn’t the case here.
I’m not a fan of the changes at all. I don’t have a problem with the site having a white background but as things are now it no longer feels like a cohesive design. That combined with bad font styling makes it look like someone forgot to upload a style sheet.