[theme-reviewers] GPL Screenshots

Emil Uzelac emil at uzelac.me
Wed Nov 13 06:10:55 UTC 2013

Spiderman, Superman and all other heroes where removed on September 5th,
just checked. Is there more that we are not seeing?
On Nov 13, 2013 12:05 AM, "Emil Uzelac" <emil at uzelac.me> wrote:

> 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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