[theme-reviewers] Licensing issues

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Fri Sep 17 12:39:50 UTC 2010

This is the primary reason why I check for license before anything else -
it's way too easy to overlook the myriad licensing issues. I always check

1) style.css License and License URI headers
2) Presence (and content) of license.txt
3) footer credit/copyright links
4) functions.php, for anything hooked into the footer
5) PHP file headers (a sneaky place for "do not remove" type statements
6) HTML comment blocks (another such sneaky place)

Licensing and (egregiously) improper credit links are two "showstoppers" for
me. I will close a ticket without further review, for either one.


On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 11:13 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> Just a heads up on licensing issues. Saw this post in the forum and
> did some investigating:
> http://wordpress.org/support/topic/read-readme-in-this-theme
> First, the requirement to keep links intact is directly against the
> review guidelines. Easy to miss though, I missed it first too.
> However, the second one took me a minute to research and be sure.. The
> "GNU Free Documentation License" is NOT compatible with the GPL. That
> one is way too easy to miss:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Free_Documentation_License#GPL_incompatible_in_both_directions
> So this is just a reminder to always check licenses when they're
> stated in files and to make sure they're GPL compatible.
> http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/1157
> -Otto
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