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I'm going to buy a responsive HTML5 template on Envato market. They sell the Regular Licence for some cash.

In the Regular Licence, it allows:

Use, by you or one client, in a single end product which end users are not charged for.

But if I download the template, how would they know how I use it? Are there technical methods for controlling the usage?

closed as off-topic by Philipp, kdopen, airfishey, amon, Glenn Randers-Pehrson Sep 1 '17 at 0:43

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    From what you describe, it doesn’t seem to be an Open Source license which they use (as such licenses can’t restrict by how many clients the software can be used). – unor Aug 31 '17 at 9:05
  • May be. Do you know tye answer? – Leeloo Aug 31 '17 at 9:08
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it has nothing to do with open source. – Philipp Aug 31 '17 at 15:22
  • It's already answered bro – Leeloo Aug 31 '17 at 15:28
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    @leeloo it's still off topic – kdopen Aug 31 '17 at 16:23
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The limitation is probably based on trust/honor. If all they are selling you is an HTML file, there's no inherent way for them to track your usage. They could theoretically scour the Internet for any usage of their template, then try to trace that usage back to particular users, but I doubt that would be worth their time or effort.

If the HTML file includes any code, or any script, or link elements, they could be using a tracker or some sort of pinging system to track your usage. You should be able to look over the template and see if that's the case.


Here are a couple examples of what tracking code could look like:

Google Analytics tracking code (from AnalytiksApp.com):

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StatCounter sample tracking code (from StatCounter):

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  • Thanks. To make the answer more complete, could you add the methods of tracking they could use in more detail? – Leeloo Aug 31 '17 at 14:19
  • Probably, I could look for some keyword in the code to find what you said? – Leeloo Aug 31 '17 at 14:25
  • @Leeloo The first things to look for would be any <link> or <script> tags. If you don't see any those, the template's usage is probably not being tracked. If there are any anchor tags (<a>) you should figure out where those lead to and what they are used for. – freginold Aug 31 '17 at 14:40
  • @Leeloo I added a couple of examples so you could see what it might look like. – freginold Aug 31 '17 at 14:47

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