[theme-reviewers] GPL and limiting usage

Towfiq I. tislam100 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 17 19:56:51 UTC 2013

Previously I told my premium theme users that they can use on theme for
only one domain. In those days, same users bought multiple themes for
multiple domains because of this restriction. I sold more themes than i do
now. But when I learned that, you cannot do that with GPL license. I
changed that,  told users they can use the theme on multiple domains. Since
its allowed to let users know that they can use one theme per domain, like
pagelines.. am I allowed to do that in my website's pricing page too? and
then in my terms of service page(that no one ever reads), I will tell users
that they can use one theme on unlimited domains.
Isn't it misleading?

On Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM, Ünsal Korkmaz <unsalkorkmaz at gmail.com>wrote:

> Ok, i can lie to my users about "you can only use on 1 website" as
> pagelines doing while i will say theme is gpl in legal notices, so my naive
> users will buy extra licenses which normally they shouldnt need. I will
> keep this post's link if someone say something in future tho. And it seems
> lying to your customer have a new name.. *marketing.*
> This is what i understand from this conversation. Thanks everyone for
> sparing time.
> (P.S: pageline's personal and business plan's only diffence is how many
> website you can use it.)
>  *
> *
> On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM, Ünsal Korkmaz <unsalkorkmaz at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> >> Show me where their *behavior* is in violation. Show me where their
>> >> *actual terms* are in violation. Don't nitpick the marketing.
>> >
>> > http://www.pagelines.com/pricing/
>> > Uses License Key system which restricts usage on how many site you
>> install
>> > and when you stop paying:
>> And yet again, you point to the marketing pages... Those are not
>> "terms", these are the terms:
>> http://www.pagelines.com/terms-of-service/
>> For the specific case of the Pagelines DMS theme, it was actually
>> not-approved with their first attempt:
>> https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/14116
>> They are making a second attempt now with a newly uploaded version:
>> https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/14369
>> And if you have specific issues with specific themes, those should be
>> discussed *in ticket*. Here you have a company actively working on
>> this theme that you're talking about, and you're complaining about
>> them being listed totally elsewhere for "violations" of a rather
>> nebulous nature. Why not tell them of your concerns, directly, by
>> reviewing their theme and expressing your concerns? Attempt to fix
>> things and make them better, sort of thing.
>> > you lose access to your professional-only editing tools and effects, the
>> > ability to add and edit Professional sections
>> >
>> >  Basically i cant get theme and modify & use however i want and
>> basically i
>> > cant use it on multisite.Isnt it enough?
>> If this is indeed part of the theme, sure. My suggestion to them for
>> the DMS theme was to remove that code from the theme and sell those
>> editing tools separately, as an add-on.
>> As for multisite, that theme that you're pointing to works fine on
>> multisite. Again, their licensing is tied to support and add-ons that
>> they sell for their themes. Read the actual terms, not the marketing.
>> -Otto
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Towfiq I.
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