[wp-hackers] Re: Removal Of Over 200 Themes?

Navjot Singh navjotjsingh at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 21:33:54 GMT 2008

One more point..take Linux.. What Redhat does is the same done by the author
whose theme got removed for showing Woothemes.com ads on his site! If We are
to go by Automattic, Redhat violates GPL or does vice versa is true?

Navjot Singh

On Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 2:59 AM, Jeff Chandler <jeffro at jeffro2pt0.com>wrote:

> Pete's situation as per the comment reference in Najots reply is very
> interesting. What happened to Pete (if thats how it happened) is I think out
> of line. In relation to the linking issue, here is the actual statement as
> part of the requirements to be hosted on the repository.
> No hidden, paid or sponsored links in the theme. Links back to the author's
> site are fine.
> What if the authors site happens to be a site that sells themes? I mean,
> it's not paid, it's just that the theme author is releasing a decent product
> for free to be used by anyone and the authors site just happens to be a guy
> running his own pay-for-theme company? Wouldn't he be considered the theme
> author in which case, fall in line with the requirements?
> Jeremy Clarke wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 3:44 PM, Navjot Singh <navjotjsingh at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> I don't understand this policy of removing theme of a author who only
>>> shows
>>> ads of a premium theme. How does GPL violates in this case. Please refer
>>> to
>>> http://www.jeffro2pt0.com/why-were-200-wordpress-themes-removed#comment-2952-
>>> Adii's comment here on what I mean. A person whos releases a GPL theme
>>> but
>>> only uses a affiliate banner of a premium theme site - Does this also
>>> violates GPL in a way?
>> No, the paid links thing is a completely different issue from GPL.
>> It's a policy for inclusion in wordpress.org/extend (as i understand
>> it) because they want to keep quality high and avoid exploiters just
>> looking to make money by re-releasing existing themes with paid links.
>> You can be as commercial as you want with GPL code as long as you keep
>> the license attatched to your product. GPL-compliance and "no paid
>> links" are just two seperate qualifications to be in the theme/plugin
>> repositories.
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