[theme-reviewers] Possible theme copycat

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Sat Nov 9 22:44:46 UTC 2013

I'm not aaying that reviewers should actively look for it (that's not
practical, since it's nearly impossible for any one person to be familiar
with the code of every Theme); but when found it will need to be dealt with
On Nov 9, 2013 5:16 PM, "Bryan Hadaway" <bhadaway at gmail.com> wrote:

> *@Chip*
> Even in that specific way is that something that reviewers should be
> checking for?
> It just seems like it would be greatly tedious, perhaps impossible to
> check for such things. Seems like there should only be cause for
> "investigation" when someone actually makes a complaint, otherwise it's
> outside the scope of a reviewer's checks.
> And also, what about us theme developers who don't have a problem with how
> someone uses our works? I give permission and encourage users to take
> BlankSlate and completely build their own theme, strip it down, swap out
> all the prefixes and slugs for their own and even copyright their own
> derived works as their own unique (and uniquely named) theme without being
> slaves to paying some sort of attribution, essentially weakening their
> theme's professional appearance, especially for those who want to build
> their own pro themes to sell.
> This is important to me because the nature of starter themes are meant for
> this purpose. The only thing I would not like is if someone didn't change
> the theme name and claimed ownership or portrayed themselves as the company
> who created the original theme, unchanged.
> A quick analogy would be if I owned ABC Lumber specializing in woods for
> framing a house, my customers would be free to build their own custom homes
> with having to put a plaque on their house saying "This House Made Possible
> by ABC Lumber".
> Not that everyone or even most people have to release their theme that
> way, but am I allowed to extend the rights of use like that for my users?
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