[theme-reviewers] GPL Screenshots

Srikanth Koneru tskk79 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 13 05:28:50 UTC 2013

This comes up during a lot of reviews, lets add it to rules page.

On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 10:52 AM, Emil Uzelac <emil at uzelac.me> wrote:

> Please see:
> http://lists.wordpress.org/pipermail/theme-reviewers/2013-November/016319.html
> 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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