[theme-reviewers] GPL Screenshots

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Wed Nov 13 17:49:22 UTC 2013

On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 7:32 AM, Thomas from ThemeZee
<contact at themezee.com>wrote:

> I can only understand Rohit that he complains about that because such
> screenshots seemed just fine until now.

They are not fine, and they have never been fine. Using somebody else's
copyrighted works specifically to promote your own is not acceptable.

Yes, we have gotten takedown requests from copyright owners before because
of things like this. And we comply with them too, when the request is

For the image in question, the use of that image is not a reasonable use
nor a fair one. The image has nothing to do with the theme. It's simply a
large banner that takes up most of the screen. In fact, it's detrimental to
the theme, because it hides a lot of the layout because of it's size.

Find a free image. There's plenty out there that look good.

If you're having a hard time, take a look through matt's gallery for an
image you can use. We have a tendency to steal images from matt all the
time for screenshots and banners and so forth. He never seems to complain.
;)  http://ma.tt/gallery

As for the Unit Tests, if there are images that have licensing problems,
then by all means, those problems can be corrected. However, we're not
displaying the unit tests as part of something to promote something else.
This is also less visible and less likely to cause complaints from
copyright owners, but yes, those should be using all free images as well.

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