[theme-reviewers] GPL Screenshots

Emil Uzelac emil at uzelac.me
Wed Nov 13 06:05:04 UTC 2013

You are absolutely correct. All non-GPL images were removed while back, did
we miss any? if so would you be kind and point them to us and I will
personally remove them.
On Nov 13, 2013 12:01 AM, "Justin Tadlock" <justin at justintadlock.com> wrote:

>  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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