[theme-reviewers] Licensing Issues with Your Themes in the WordPress Theme Repository

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Mon Sep 20 22:16:38 UTC 2010

(This discussion is really well outside the scope of Theme Review.)

First, text on a website doesn't matter, insofar as WordPress itself is
released with a full-text copy of the license under which it is released.

Second, even though that full-text license is GPLv2, it is *not* distributed
with an Otto-esque statement regarding "only v2 and no later version." So,
it really is inconsequential for the purpose of Theme reviews.

Third, all that really matters is that our license check is only to ensure
conformance with the stated Theme Repository requirement that hosted Themes
be licensed under GPL or a GPL-compatible license.

Anything beyond that really starts to delve into the politics of the
license, and such discussion should stay as far away from this mail list
(and the Theme Review team in general) as humanly possible. (Such
discussions are what we have WPTavern for, after all!)


On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM, Jon Cave <jon at lionsgoroar.co.uk> wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 11:03 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>
> wrote:
> > 1) WordPress itself doesn't limit itself to GPLv2, AFAIK.
> Xref: http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/14685#comment:39
> Though there are several places where version 2 seems to be specified
> still, e.g. http://wordpress.org/about/license/ (I brought this up
> last Thursday but got no response then :()
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