[theme-reviewers] How are derivative works identified?

Shawn Grundy smgrundy at live.com
Tue Oct 4 22:41:35 UTC 2011

and of course with a child theme, the parent has to be present, whereas a derivative would run independently...

From: edward.caissie at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 17:43:45 -0400
To: theme-reviewers at lists.wordpress.org
Subject: Re: [theme-reviewers] How are derivative works identified?

On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM, Ian Stewart <ian at iandanielstewart.com> wrote:

... I tweaked 1% of the markup or functionality in every template file in Twenty Eleven and made a new stylesheet that looking dramatically different I wouldn't want that to be distributed as a child theme but it sounds like this would still count as a derivative theme.

We keep seeming to go round and round on this idea ...

A derivative work can be accepted if it presents a significant change 
in design or functionality from the original theme it is based on. This 
has always been the rule-of-thumb I have held and see no reason why it 
should change; it is also extremely subjective but generally easy enough to find sense in. 

I would agree with Ian's statement above, and accept Themes (provided they meet current guidelines) designed from that concept. The difference between my "derivative work" idea and a Child-Theme: the derivative still requires all of the template files (as stated in the guidelines); the Child-Theme essentially only needs the ones it "changed".


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