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[Guide] New MIUI Theme Policy - Effective on January 1st, 2014

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Hey MIUIers,

As more and more themes become developed for MIUI, we need to further ensure the copyrights of the designers to continue an environment conducive to both MIUI and the designers. MIUI has decided to change some of the theme policies to protect the designer's design and instigate more quality themes.

Please note, as of January 1st, 2014, the following policy will be fully enforced: All MIUI themes and the components, in mtz file format, will need to be uploaded onto the MIUI Themes Store via designer.xiaomi.com. Any MIUI theme and theme components (i.e. download from forums, websites or other sources) that does not get uploaded into the MIUI Themes Store, can no longer be applied onto the MIUI ROM. To specify, components in an mtz file format can include:

-       Theme
-       Lockscreen
-       Icon
-       Font
-       Boot animation
-       Avatars

If you are a designer and have current themes you want to share after January 1st, 2014, please sign up for a designer.xiaomi.com account and upload your themes to MIUI Themes Store.



MIUI is allowing about 1 month transition period (from now to January 1st, 2014) for designers to setup this account and upload MIUI themes to designer.xiaomi.com.

Sorry for the inconvienced caused! Going forward hopefully this well help resolve our issues with designer copyrights and allow more designers to create quality themes!

Some things you might want to know

1. Sharing your themes: Can I share my themes on the forums or websites in the future?
Designers are free to continue to share their themes on the forums or websites they choose as long as they upload their designs to designer.xiaomi.com. For the the themes you’ve already shared on the forum, please upload them to designer.xiaomi.com as well. After the review of MIUI Themes Team, your themes will be available in MIUI Themes Store. We are initializing this procedure to protect designer’s design and copyright issues.

2. How about tweaking or slightly modifying themes for personal use?
Tweaking or slight modifications to existing themes for personal use (e.g. changing icons etc.) are also allowed as long as you register a designer account at designer.xiaomi.com. You can act as a designer and tweak as you please without uploading to the public.

What if you want to share your theme with your family and friends? No worries, each designer can have 10 beta team members, which means a designer can share his theme with 10 people without uploading it to MIUI Themes Store. The first 10 people who import the designer’s theme get the permission to use this theme for free. Please note that the phone of beta team members must be connected to WiFi whiling importing the theme.

However, if you want to share it to more users, designers will then need to upload the theme to the public. This is done so again to protect designer’s copyright. It is to ensure that the copyrights of existing themes are not abused. For example, if the tweaked theme was unintentionally released to the public (I pass it to a friend because he liked the theme and he pass its on etc), it would discredit the original designer.

3. Previewing themes: How can I preview my theme?
Designers are allowed to preview their themes without uploading and posting it publicly. To preview, designers must setup an account in designer.xiaomi.com and then can preview their themes privately.

4. MIUI Theme Editor
MIUI Theme Editor acts as an alternative tool to what other tools designers are using. Theme Editor is not mandatory. It is a tool to further enhance the designer as it simplifies steps and procedures and feed themes to your phone in a much simpler method.

Related threads:
MIUI Theme Editor user Guide (2013.11.15) New Version  
http://en.miui.com/thread-2154-1-1.html

MIUI Theme Editor 3.11.15
http://en.miui.com/thread-2877-1-1.html

Designers can still use the tools they currently are using just that when you share the completed them with others, it will need to be uploaded to designer.xiaomi.com first.

Thanks again for your understanding and please bear with as we improve step-by-step towards a more international theme app!

If you have any question, please leave us a commet.

MIUI Team



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It's the worst idea I've ever heard!
Why... WHY?
Should I upload EACH theme I modify for my pleasure?
Are you joking?
ARE YOU JOKING???

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If the themes in the store were in english also, this decision wouldn't bother me.
But...the majority are in chinese, and the lock screen has chinese characters. This is kind of unpleasant for the rest of us...the non-chinese people.
When finally some super guys here translated some themes in english, we cannot use them...
I hope this decision wil not hinder the spread of Miui...
I am really dissapointed...

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Cross-posting what i said here.. I'm a long time MIUI user since MIUI is all about customizing every aspect of the user interface to your liking. I really think theming and customizing is an important reason to use MIUI for a lot of users, and this policy severely cripples it. While I understand that payed themes need to be protected from theft, I don't think this is the way to do it. It makes me sad to see MIUI go this way, and i'm quite sure many users will agree with me.

That being said, i still love MIUI and i wouldnt trade it for something else. But i really would like to be able to customize my phone (customizing icons/translating stuff etc) again, like before. All the mtz's i have collected/customized over the years have become useless, since I cannot create a designer account.  As an international user, I really do not like the risk of sending over my ID, Bank account info or other sensitive documents.

@ Xiaomi-dev/admins: Is it possible to introduce lite designer accounts for people who just want to customize their own free themes without publishing them? Or are there any other options being considered?
Please think about this and let the community know. Thanks a lot!

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This post was edited by Matsy 16:41,Dec-31-2013

This is a bad idea. One of the most important thinga in MIUI is the opportunity of the user to give a unic style at his phone, or to share it. The developers is one face of the coin and the user is the other one. You are risking to loose both of them, specially the international ones.

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Now that's just over the top from the MIUI team and Xiaomi. They know that outsiders can't buy themes in MIUI store, yet they still do it.
MIUI, if you want more for less, you have great chances to lose everything. Brand, users, reputation...
Well, you lost me. Not big loss, for now. But as more people outside China will understand what's happening, the more will come to their senses and leave you.
Please reconsider.

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so i need to register as a designer if i want to adapt dialer for my locale in any theme?

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This post was edited by Iyengar 14:59,Dec-06-2013

Change is welcomed. Does it mean i cannot mix and match within the mobile? This rule is only for those who ought to share it with public right?
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