[theme-reviewers] Licensing question (GPLv2 vs GPLv3)

Afzaal wordpress at thinkupthemes.com
Tue Oct 15 08:41:11 UTC 2013

Thanks Yulian!

I'll go ahead and remove html5shiv until the developers update the license.

Also, I think I misled people about Redux. After having checked their  
license on github it appears that the Redux framework it released  
under GPLv2 (or later) rather than just GPLv2. A link to the license  
is as follows:




Quoting yulian yordanov <yul.yordanov at gmail.com>:

> Actually GPL2 and GPL3 are not compatible in the way you want to use them.
> As Richard Stallman explains it: https://gnu.org/licenses/rms-why-gplv3.html
> *When we say that GPLv2 and GPLv3 are incompatible, it means there is no
> legal way to combine code under GPLv2 with code under GPLv3 in a single
> program.* *This is because both GPLv2 and GPLv3 are copyleft licenses: each
> of them says, ?If you include code under this license in a larger program,
> the larger program must be under this license too.?
> *
> In other words, if you want to use some code with GPL2 your final product
> have to be GPL2. It's a bit confusing though.
> Fingli
> 2013/10/15 Afzaal <wordpress at thinkupthemes.com>
>> Hello,
>> I have submitted a theme and have the following in my theme which are
>> licensed under GPLv2:
>> - html5shiv  
>> (https://github.com/aFarkas/**html5shiv<https://github.com/aFarkas/html5shiv>
>> )
>> - Redux framework (http://reduxframework.com/)
>> I've contacted the team that maintains html5shiv and they see no issue
>> with using this with other products licensed under GPLv3. Infact they
>> mention that they 'expect it's covered' as they understand GPLv3 to be an
>> extention of GPLv2. (conversation over Twitter).
>> In regards to Redux they allow complete freedom with how the framework is
>> used, including the ability to fork it if someone chooses to do so.
>> I'd really appreciate advice on if it's ok to use these products for a
>> theme intended for GPLv3 release.
>> Thanks,
>> Afzaal
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