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PixelBin says

Mark, so what you’re saying is you’d be okay with it if I bought all your themes, started a portfolio, put all your themes in there claiming them as my own with live previews made by me all saying “Designed and developed by Alex Pascal”, tricking buyers into hiring me for their work? Only because “I know be reselling the theme”?

I’m sorry, but I don’t think you thought that one through. Buyers can’t claim your work as theirs. They can buy the theme 100,000 times. It will still be yours.

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CodeSwift says
Mark, so what you’re saying is you’d be okay with it if I bought all your themes, started a portfolio, put all your themes in there claiming them as my own with live previews made by me all saying “Designed and developed by Alex Pascal”, tricking buyers into hiring me for their work? Only because “I know be reselling the theme”? I’m sorry, but I don’t think you thought that one through. Buyers can’t claim your work as theirs. They can buy the theme 100,000 times. It will still be yours.

I do not agree with your point. That the item is still yours. Ok you designed and developed it, but someone buys it. So basically it’s your product that now belongs to someone else. And they can do anything what they want.

It’s sad if they put their name under the website as designers and developers, but hey! I think we need those people on Themeforest as buyers.

If I see a website from a buyer that puts their name on the website as designer and developer of that website I think I laugh loud and fix the problem, done.

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PixelBin says

Oops, just noticed a typo in my previous post. Should be “I won’t be reselling the themeā€. Too late to edit.

I think you’re all looking at it wrong. I wouldn’t be as mad if it was just one guy that wanted attention for his site but he has a design company/agency/whatever that has products that are absolutely horrendous and nowhere near similar to my theme. Basically he is tricking viewers into visiting his design site using my theme as bait?

I refuse to offer support to these kinds of people. If he “developed the theme”, he can fix the problem himself, right?

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SaurabhSharma says

@Alex – Mate when we can bear pirates and sit patiently, leave such people aside who say “It’s my work”. It’s not our job to turn everyone into an ethical being. I understand you point very well, and even I do not like it when someone proudly says “Designed by me”

I will tell you a small story – One of the seven wonders of this World – TAJ MAHAL was a result of hard work and impeccable skill of thousands of labors. But we all say “TAJ MAHAL was built by Shahjahan”. Why? Because he paid for this. All those labors and workers were lost somewhere in history.

Someone can take credit or mention their name, but they can never steal your skills. So, you should not bother about this. You have skills, you are ethical. Long way to go. :)

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Hein says

When you don’t want to offer support to those people then don’t ;) It’s all up to you, it’s your business.

Buyers should leave the copyright in the css and ad the client’s name inside the footer and leave there’s out of it, even leave that project out of there portfolio.

And to be honest, when i purchase a theme from themeforest for a client then i will ad the copyright of the clients name inside the footer and that’s it. That should be the way to do it.

Buying themes from themeforest saves me time and when it saves me time it saves the client money, time is money :D

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Cepreu says
... Someone can take credit or mention their name, but they can never steal your skills. So, you should not bother about this. You have skills, you are ethical. Long way to go. :)
Absolutely agree.
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wpbakery says

I had few smart clients who actually edited the copyright line, but it didn’t bother me. “Designed by mixey. Customized by Their Name”

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pezflash says
... Someone can take credit or mention their name, but they can never steal your skills….

They are buying our skills for a few bucks. You can think it’s sad, but that’s the way it is.
What would you think if a user just destroy the design concept while customizing the template and he left the phrase on footer “designed by “your author name”. You will tell him, hey, put yours!... :P

I wonder to have 2000 sales of a 40$ template and most of the buyers claiming the design as own. I really won’t care.

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SaurabhSharma says
What would you think if a user just destroy the design concept while customizing the template and he left the phrase on footer “designed by “your author name”. You will tell him, hey, put yours!... :P
Lol. Happened to me once. I said “Don’t ya mention my name anywhere. I’m not involved in this crap”.
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CreativeMilk says
Mark, so what you’re saying is you’d be okay with it if I bought all your themes, started a portfolio, put all your themes in there claiming them as my own with live previews made by me all saying “Designed and developed by Alex Pascal”, tricking buyers into hiring me for their work? Only because “I know be reselling the theme”? I’m sorry, but I don’t think you thought that one through. Buyers can’t claim your work as theirs. They can buy the theme 100,000 times. It will still be yours.

No, if an buyer changes the copyright thats up to him, but when a buyer places an screenshot of somebody’s file in his portfolio well thats stealing, you cant take credit for stuff you dont created.

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