This is a question about the plugins allowed in Code Canyon and best practices by Authors.
Are authors allowed to remote disable plugins on live websites if they believe a purchase code is not valid?
Here is the scenario:
Ladela, the author of the Bookly plugin, has remotely disabled the plugin from my website even though I have purchased the plugin on Code Canyon and enter my purchase code when activating the plugin on my site. This is actually the second time they have done something like this.
So now, I have their plugin on my site, actively accepting bookings, but they have disabled my ability to see the calendar or access the booking data.
This is not the result of a plugin update (that I know of) because I have not run any updates on the plugin lately and the last release is showing on 2018-06-05. So my assumption is the plugin “phones home” to check the purchase code at regular intervals. My guess is something in the response told it to disable the admin features of the plugin.
Looking at the comments on the plugin purchase page, it shows that others are having the same issue.
So is this acceptable behavior from plugin developers?
I am going to look through the code now for a way around so I can access my booking data and will report any findings.