[theme-reviewers] Theme License Declaration

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Tue Oct 12 14:01:56 UTC 2010

Greetings, all,

I've been thinking: in light of Hakre's recent escalation of the, erm,
license discrepancies with WordPress core*, I'm wondering if we shouldn't
look at making the License/LicenseURI header tags *required* for Themes at
some point in the near future? As we've seen with WordPress, merely bundling
a full-text license really isn't sufficient, and can lead to
assumptions/misunderstandings/problems later.

What do you think?**


* Is WordPress "GPL", "GPLv2", "GPLv2 (or later)", "GPLv2 (may NOT assume
any later versions)"? As it turns out, based on the actual copyright notice
(and that of its predecessor, B2), WordPress is merely "GPL".

** Personally, I just like the standardization of using header tags. But
merely liking the standardization, IMHO, isn't sufficient reason to require
header-tag use. The license confusion issue, though, might be.
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