[theme-reviewers] GPL Screenshots

Emil Uzelac emil at uzelac.me
Wed Nov 13 05:22:44 UTC 2013

Please see:

On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM, Emil Uzelac <emil at uzelac.me> wrote:

> Minions are copyright of Universal Pictures.
> Screenshot is part of the theme, theme is hosted at WordPress, therefore
> it should follow
> the proper licensing, would you agree?
> And admin did ask you to replace the image, wasn't that not enough? :)
> On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM, Rohit Tripathi <rohitink at live.com>wrote:
>> I was asked to update my screenshots for a theme because, a part of the
>> screenshot contained an image(post with featured image) from a movie.
>> Obviously, the movie is copyrighted to someone else, but I am not
>> distributing the poster with the theme. Secondly, I am not violating any
>> copyrights too. Screenshots are just demonstrations of a site using my
>> theme. What can be a better screenshot than the screenshot of a real site
>> actually using the theme?
>> Secondly, if the images shown in the screenshots itself have to be under
>> GPL then there can be many problems with a large amount of themes. None of
>> the themes, declare licenses for the images/site used to create the
>> screenshot. I bet most of them are not GPL. But, it doesn't matter we are
>> not distributing the images. It only makes the theme looks good. Moreover,
>> we are not using paid or pirated images. Also, the images used to build the
>> screenshot are not even Default images in the theme, that they would show
>> up in theme preview.
>> Thirdly, even the components of the Theme Unit test might cause a
>> conflict with the screenshot being GPL. For e.g. the *Post Format Test:
>> Video*(in theme unit test)*, *if the screenshot contains that particular
>> post, then the video would appear in it. The image of the Video/or the
>> Thumbnail of the video is not under GPL. So, isn't that a problem?
>> All I want to say is that, we are all using fully GPL compatible
>> resources in our themes. I think, there shouldn't be such strictness on the
>> themes. Also, I would completely respect the decision taken by theme admins
>> on this. But, I atleast request you to understand the genuinity of the
>> cause I bring to you.
>> Regards,
>> Rohit Tripathi
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