[theme-reviewers] GPL Screenshots

Justin Tadlock justin at justintadlock.com
Wed Nov 13 06:00:59 UTC 2013

I'm inclined to believe that this falls under fair use based on the few 
court rulings I've read about similar issues.  I don't care what we 
decide though.  If we're putting a stop screenshots like this, then the 
theme unit test data must be revised to include images and other media 
that are licensed under the GPL.  I know many people, myself included, 
have screenshots that include theme unit test data.

On 11/12/2013 11:07 PM, Rohit Tripathi 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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