I have issues with the way this was handled. These two themes were both themes which I had purchased because of their style and functionality. They were at one point approved by themeforest and then removed without any notification to the developer nor the MANY people who had purchased the theme with the intent of receiving ongoing updates through the Themeforest network as is a feature customers expect when buying a theme. This is extremely poor business practice on behalf of Themeforest. If you don’t like a theme after you have approved it, other steps should be made to ensure that those customers who spent money to purchase a theme are protected.
First, notification, is an absolute MUST.
Second, a change in policy should affect future themes and older themes should be grandfathered into a policy.
It is bad business practice to do this to both your customers and developers.I’m no longer impressed with the concept I had once thought so highly of from Themeforest.
Apologies for any inconvenience. We can’t continue to sell a theme with an issue like this, so we remove it temporarily while contacting the author to fix the issue, and then once fixed the theme will be available for sale again.
Assuming the theme author fixes the issue, you’ll continue to get the updates etc. that you were hoping for.
How can I set my next upload license as 100% GPL?
You will need to tick the “Show the option to offer 100% GPL on my items (where available).” option under “Author Settings”. Then when you upload or edit one of your items, you’ll have the option to select the 100% GPL license.