[theme-reviewers] Are these contradictory???

Bryan Hadaway bhadaway at gmail.com
Sun Oct 20 02:32:27 UTC 2013


Agreed. Words are very important, it's almost impossible to be 100% air
tight and clear about stipulations, even with a lawyer's help because a
better lawyer could come along and find holes.

I also realize the two are separate, but in terms of how they "play
together" here's how I word this for one of my themes:

In its unchanged/original state BlankSlate is...

© 2011-2013 TidyThemes
GNU General Public License | https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html

...however, once you've significantly changed the theme to build your own unique
project, either for yourself or for a client under a different name
(as is encouraged)
you're entirely welcome to copyright and license that project as you see fit.

Basically, what I'm saying is that under the freedoms of the GPL they can
of course do whatever they want with the code for personal or commercial
use, but they can't OWN "BlankSlate". If they want to build their own theme
from BlankSlate and name their theme accordingly to their own
copyright/trademark they can then OWN that and copyright/license however
they please.

Perhaps this doesn't apply to all themes, in fact, I might be giving extra
permissions that aren't covered otherwise, but for my intentions of
releasing this theme, that's how I understand it. Am I correct in my


I also agree here, if someone really cares about or is concerned about
their trademark, registering (http://www.uspto.gov/) is pretty important.
Fair enough, we butt heads on these issues often, and I suppose that's just
a matter of fact. I just think we happen to agree here overall on the
general issue so I'm confused as to what you disagree with.
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