[theme-reviewers] GPL-compatible social media icon sets

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Tue May 1 13:30:22 UTC 2012

On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 2:04 AM, Emil Uzelac <emil at themeid.com> wrote:

> Sorry for late response:
> *Premium Pixels is good for Themes (at least that's what Orman says)*
> Can I use your resources in a ThemeForest theme/template?
> *Yes. No attribution required but appreciated. *
> *C’mon Mookie, do the right thing.*
> *
> *
> So it should be good for WPORG I think.
> This:
> *"You are not permitted to make the resources found on Premium Pixels
> available for distribution elsewhere “as is” without prior consent."*
> From what I can understand means that you cannot host the resource on
> example.com it does not mean that you cannot use it. Read the text after
> that

That clause is a restriction against redistribution, and as such is clearly
not compatible with GPL, which provides for redistribution of code,
modified or unmodified.

Looks pretty cut-and-dry to me.

Now, the REAL issue: icon sets and images need a license analogous to the
SIL Open Font license for fonts. Like fonts, icon sets and images are not
really the intended use for GPL. If someone knows of such an image license,
analogous to SIL Open Font, let us know. I will be happy to run it by the

The only problem will remain that developers still won't be *using* said
license, opting instead for CC-By, etc.

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