[theme-reviewers] Proper Copyright/License Attribution in style.css

Missy Oveson missybunnie at gmail.com
Sat Feb 8 23:06:39 UTC 2014

I'm not sure on the twenty fourteen thing but on a theme I got from underscores.me there is a line that says it's based on underscores that probably should be there for review. But that's just my observations.

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> On Feb 8, 2014, at 2:47 PM, Philip Arthur Moore <philip at pressbuild.com> wrote:
> I've been mulling over a commit I made to _s close to a year ago that included proper copyright and license attribution in style.css.
> If I recall correctly—I'm getting old so memory is fading!—a big reason for this change was to make it easier for the Theme Review Team to enforce proper copyright/license attribution for derivative works in Extend; I believe it was also done so that _s stayed in line with GNU-recommended copyright/license attribution.
> I have some questions, though:
> If a theme is built off of _s and submitted to Extend does the Theme Review Team require a notice to be put on its stylesheet that it's a derivative work of _s? If so, how would this look? (i.e. "Child Theme, Copyright 2014 Company Name, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2 or later, based on Underscores (Copyright 2012-2014 Automattic, Inc.))
> Along the lines of the first question, what are the bare minimum requirements for style.css license declarations for Extend with regard to derivative works and/or child themes?
> I just read Obenland's post on Twenty Fifteen again (he's awesome) and he wrote that Twenty Ten was ported over from Kirby, Twenty Eleven was ported over from Duster, and Twenty Fourteen was ported over from Further, which was developed using _s and an Automattic premium theme before being released to Core for inclusion. Wouldn't this require that Twenty Fourteen have a notice in it that it's based on _s and mention the Automattic copyright?
> Can one of you fine folks shed some light on this for me?
> Thank you.
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