It it legal or illegal ?

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Is it legal to convert a PSD or HTML to a Wordpress theme and sell it ?

For example, I am browsing template monster or themeforest and I see a nice PSD. Can I convert it to a Wordpress theme and sell it ?

Just wanted to confirm if this is legal.

Patrick.
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  • Profile picture of the author frenchsquared
    You have to look at the specific psd you buy. There are different licensing rights for each one. I would say you typically do not have the right to resell there design. You will need resell rights.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Hello frenchsquared, I am not selling their "design". I am going to convert that design to a HTML or Wordpress theme, and then sell them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Barr
      Originally Posted by schwarzes View Post

      Hello frenchsquared, I am not selling their "design". I am going to convert that design to a HTML or Wordpress theme, and then sell them.
      That's like saying if I take a photograph of the Mona Lisa, it becomes my original work and it's not Leonardo's "design".

      Check the license of the specific PSD, but usually if you want to do more than use it for your own site or one client site, you'll need to buy an extended license.
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      • Profile picture of the author frenchsquared
        Originally Posted by Karen Barr View Post

        That's like saying if I take a photograph of the Mona Lisa, it becomes my original work and it's not Leonardo's "design".

        Check the license of the specific PSD, but usually if you want to do more than use it for your own site or one client site, you'll need to buy an extended license.
        Yep... it is there design.
        If you make a theme that looks exactly like mine, rather you create it from scratch or not you bet I will go after you.

        The design is more then just the psd.

        Just email then designer, I bet 90% of the time they would love the idea and give you permission.
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        • Profile picture of the author Patrick
          Originally Posted by frenchsquared View Post

          Yep... it is there design.
          If you make a theme that looks exactly like mine, rather you create it from scratch or not you bet I will go after you.

          The design is more then just the psd.

          Just email then designer, I bet 90% of the time they would love the idea and give you permission.
          Of course I will create it from scratch. I will not copy paste everything and then sell it claiming that hey its my design.
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      • Profile picture of the author Patrick
        Originally Posted by Karen Barr View Post

        That's like saying if I take a photograph of the Mona Lisa, it becomes my original work and it's not Leonardo's "design".

        Check the license of the specific PSD, but usually if you want to do more than use it for your own site or one client site, you'll need to buy an extended license.

        I guess you didn't get what I asked. I won't be selling the design or PSD. I will be MAKING a Wordpress theme out of it and then sell it. That's my question.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ibcontact
    If you are doing more changes from original psd. Then don't worry.
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  • Profile picture of the author pandadoodle
    The answer is no. You don't get what people are telling you.

    1. You buy a psd
    2. You convert psd to a wordpress theme
    3. you sell the wordpress theme

    Your selling the wordpress theme based on the original psd, something most resellers do not allow and is heavily frond upon. Buy a resell license then you dont need to worry.
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  • Profile picture of the author gregsmith007
    it depends on the license... if the owner says u could sell.. then its legal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    I guess I will look for a joint venture then with someone who is good is photoshop.

    Any of you interested please PM me.
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