[theme-reviewers] GPL-Compatibility

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Thu Jun 5 11:48:52 UTC 2014

Looking at the site's license terms:

I don't think the images are licensed compatibly with GPL. For example:

   - *You may not use Images for* pornographic, unlawful or other immoral
   purposes, or in a way that can give a bad name to depicted persons, or to
   imply endorsement of products and services by identifiable persons, brands,
   organisations, etc.
   - You are not allowed to mass download Images with an application, *or
   reuse a big part of the Images for redistribution on a similar Website*.

Neither of these terms is GPL-compatible.

On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 7:39 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> What is the license of the specific image?
> If you don't know, then you can't use it.
> On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 7:38 AM, rose tail <metallicarosetail at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Can image be used from pixabay or not ?
>> On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM, Bryan Hadaway <bhadaway at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Unfortunately, that's always a possibility and it absolutely happens.
>>> Someone might rip off someone else's work or otherwise infringe and
>>> upload or re-release something under their claim of ownership or a new
>>> license, then anyone else that uses that work or even promotes it, shares
>>> it with others, ends up inadvertently and ignorantly violating the original
>>> owner's rights.
>>> All we can do is navigate the sometimes tricky world of trademark and
>>> copyright law and respect other's rights as much as we can, with the
>>> information we have, be kind to one another, in other words, be mature
>>> adults and just use our common sense.
>>> Then, if one day you get a legitimate cease and desist email (which
>>> sometimes is just as unfortunate for the person that has to send out such
>>> notices in the first place as it is for you to receive them), there's no
>>> reason to be scared or get defensive, you should simply apologize, let them
>>> know that you had no idea you were violating their rights and work to
>>> quickly and amicably resolve the issue. I'd say 9/10 times, that's all
>>> there is to it.
>>> Unfortunately, some people/companies might, on rare occasion, try to
>>> seek monetary damages or to censor others whether you knew you were doing
>>> anything wrong or not. That's partly what
>>> http://www.chillingeffects.org/ is about covering.
>>> It's kind of a hope for the best, prepare for the worst type situation.
>>> You can hope that everyone always does the right thing, but prepare for the
>>> fact that they most inevitably won't.
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