[theme-reviewers] Some review queries

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Tue May 21 14:37:32 UTC 2013

Yes, "MIT" is understood to be either Expat or X11, both of which are
GPL-compatible. It is one of the most commonly used GPL-compatible licenses.

Also important: the actual text of the claimed license. MIT consists of
three short paragraphs, IIRC; and every Theme is required to include or
link to the full-text license the Theme is distributed under. So, it should
be easy to verify that the full text is actually the license claimed.

On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM, esmi at quirm dot net <esmi at quirm.net>wrote:

> on 21/05/2013 15:08 Chip Bennett said the following:
>  You searched this link?
>> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/**license-list.html#**
>> GPLCompatibleLicenses/<http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/license-list.html#GPLCompatibleLicenses/>
> I did manage to get that page once. Couldn't get the darn thing to load a
> second time. It kept timing out
>  I get two hits for "MIT License": X11 and Expat.
> The reference to X11 just says that the term "MIT License" is too wide a
> term to use as MIT used to apply all kinds of licenses to software. Didn't
> manage to get down to Expat before I lost the page. One of the downsides of
> WPORG support is that posted links sometimes lead to sites that crash your
> browser. :-/
> I've now managed to get the page again and I checked Expat. All it says is
> that it .." is sometimes ambiguously referred to as the MIT License".
> Still no clear indication that MIT is GPL-compatible "as is". The
> implication seems to be that "MIT" refers to a whole suite of licenses.
> Presumably only some of these are GPL-compatible, yes? So should we be
> accepting "MIT" at all without clarification?
> Mel
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