Monday, March 12, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Important: Follow Up on Content Policy Deadline

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 05:07 PM PDT

In February, we updated our content policy here on the Envato Marketplaces with more detail, particularly around using external assets, like photos and music, in item previews. We’ve also had quite a few posts appearing here on Notes about surrounding issues. In our content policy post we asked all authors to review their portfolios by March 12th – today! So what happens next?


As you will know from reading the content policy, as well as having items disabled or rejected, there are scenarios where an author’s entire account could be disabled and the author banned from the marketplaces. Nobody wants that sort of outcome, so I urge all authors to take this stuff very seriously.

The first scenario that could lead to disablement is where an author is the subject of repeated DMCA notices from rights holders. If there are a number of DMCAs, and they are all in valid form, and no counter-notices are filed by the author, then we are required by DMCA legislation to ban authors, and we will do so.

A second scenario is where we are notified or become aware of what we consider to be violations of our content policy, in some other way besides a DMCA notice. We have an option to ban authors in this situation. It’s important to understand that we will work to educate authors who have genuine questions or are genuinely unsure about how to source or use assets within their items, but will not tolerate repeated or blatant disregard the intellectual property of others.

Reviewing Portfolios and Categories

If a DMCA notice is received, in addition to the steps required by the DMCA we may ask the author to review their entire portfolio, and then review that portfolio ourselves. In the process of dealing with a DMCA notice, we may notice other items in an author’s portfolio and again may exercise our discretion to disable items where there might be IP issues.

The authors retain overall responsibility for their content however, as we are not copyright detectives. For the same reason, copyright owners have the responsibility to police infringements of their works (and use the DMCA process), and we cannot be expected to do this for them. As you can imagine, it would be impossible to identify, track down and verify licensing for anything in a marketplace item that might come from someone apart from the author.

Over time we are going to do a high level (not full IP) review of key categories and marketplaces. Again we won’t be acting as copyright investigators, but will in our discretion be contacting authors about obvious potential IP problems, such as the use of copyrighted characters and celebrity photos.

The first review will cover some of the print templates categories in GraphicRiver, particularly flyers, brochures, magazine and CD cover templates. This review will begin on March 26th.

Out of this review, we will be exercising our discretion regarding banning authors (as explained above). I’m confident that the vast majority of authors want to do the right thing when it comes to using others’ assets correctly, and hopeful that there will be few, if any, situations requiring this action.

As a reminder, our content policy applies to ‘live previews’ (demo or externally hosted previews). Although they may be hosted elsewhere, they are nonetheless associated with items sold here on the Envato Marketplaces, and we are committed to ensuring that items associated with our marketplaces respect others’ intellectual property.

Review Your Portfolios

I’d ask all authors to take the opportunity to review your existing previews and ensure you have appropriately sourced assets, including properly licensed assets such as stock photos.

It has always been our policy that authors must respect the intellectual property rights of others, and on the whole they have. Since we have now further clarified the policy and asked authors to review their portfolios, we will be taking an increasingly dim view of authors whose existing and new items and previews fail to comply with our content policy.

I’ve also got more posts I’m preparing to publish here on Notes to talk about more related copyright and IP issues. It’s really important stuff for our marketplaces given that what we trade in here is intellectual property. So stay tuned for more posts. And if you have any questions about this one, or anything related, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

Envato’s Most Wanted – $2,000 Bounty for the First 40 Web/Tech Photo Manipulations

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 04:38 PM PDT

Envato's Most Wanted

We're putting a $2,000 bounty on the heads of Envato's most wanted file type – Web & Technology related Photo Manipulations on PhotoDune. The first 40 files uploaded (and subsequently approved) to PhotoDune each get $50 (with a maximum of 4 files or $200 per author).




In short, it's a race to see who can quickly submit quality content based on the following criteria:

  • Date Posted: March 12, 2012
  • Prizes: 40 winning files will get a share of $2,000 of prizes! 40 x $50 "cash" (payable ONLY via either PayPal or Moneybookers).
  • Maximum Prizes per Author: 4
  • Closing Date: April 9, 2012 (12 p.m. Central US Time)
  • Files We're Looking For: Photo manipulations that combine multiple images and/or graphics and/or effects on the theme of "Web & Technology". See above for examples.
  • File/Contest Requirements:
    • Entry should be a photo manipulation combining multiple images, graphics and/or effects.
    • Images must be RGB formatted JPG files, of at least 2 megapixels (2.0MP) in size.
    • Normal Photodune upload instructions apply
    • You MUST ensure you have the right to use the images/graphics in your manipulation and the right to resell and redistribute it. Failure to comply with this may result in the removal of your item and/or disablement of your marketplace account.
    • You MUST post your APPROVED entry in this official thread for contest eligibility. DO NOT post images in this thread until your item is APPROVED . You may either post a hyperlink to the approved item on PhotoDune or embed your preview image and hyperlink the preview image to the item page.
    • You may only post a maximum of 4 items in this thread.
    • By entering this contest, you MUST sign and agree to keep any WINNING entries online for a minimum of 2 years: See form for full details. This form MUST be completedPRIOR to you posting your first entry in this official contest thread.
    • Be sure to (a) Post your entries in this forum thread (maximum of 4) and (b) complete the Entry Agreement form before entering this contest. Failure to do so may make you ineligible for this contest/event.
  • Where Files Should be Submitted: PhotoDune

It's as simple as that! The first 40 files to be uploaded (and subsequently approved) based on the above requirements win! Please note that we have some more specific rules to outline and clarify:


Good luck!

We Need Your Help Keeping Up With Industry News

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 01:46 PM PDT

The world we live in moves quickly. Every day there seems to be new products and software, updates to our favorite apps, companies rising and falling, changes to standards, and new opportunities and threats. It’s hard to keep up with it all.

We’d love Envato Notes to be a place that helps you keep up, but we need your help. Whenever you come across some relevant or significant industry news, we’d love for you to put together a short post for us. As a small thank you, we’ll give you $10 of marketplace credit.

Posts don’t need to be long, but should contain:

  • A clear but brief description of the news. We want you to get to the point.
  • A link to the press release or other trusted source where the reader can find out more. We want real news, not rumors.
  • A few comments about why you’re excited about the news, or how it affects the Envato community. How is your news item relevant?

Most of all, the news needs to be timely. No one wants to re-read what happened last week or last month.

To learn more, check our Write a Post page.

I Type 2000 Words A Minute... Uh Yeah by Bill Shaner

Show Your Appreciation: ActiveDen

Posted: 11 Mar 2012 10:49 PM PDT

ActiveDen is Envato's marketplace for Flash and Flex files. Previously named “FlashDen”, it is where Envato started – our most ancient of sites. If it's your favorite site, give it a shout out in the comments!

You might like to browse our previous posts related to ActiveDen.

Site Summary

ActiveDen currently offers 11,453 files, and is growing. Categories include templates, galleries, music players, utilities, animations, video players, menus, preloaders, games, Flash Builder & Flex. To explore all of the sites categories, visit

ActiveDen is an Envato Marketplace. At ActiveDen you can buy and sell royalty-free Adobe Flash and Flex files for just a few dollars. Items are priced on the complexity, quality and use of the file. The site is home to a bustling community of Flash designers and developers and is the largest Flash library on the web.

Be Social

If you'd like to keep up to date with what's happening on ActiveDen, you'll find it on most social networks.

There's always a lot going on, so follow us in multiple places so you don't miss out! So how often do you visit ActiveDen? Let us know in the comments.

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