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

Doug Stewart zamoose at gmail.com
Sat Dec 13 01:58:23 GMT 2008

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 8:51 PM, Jacob Santos <wordpress at santosj.name>wrote:

> Questions:
> What is the technical definition of a derivative work in layman's terms?
> Why is a theme considered a derivative work of WordPress, if it is released
> separately, but dependent on WordPress?
> People keep saying GPLv2, but why couldn't I release my code new BSD?
> I do release my code new BSD, the HTTP API would also be new BSD, if I had
> caught it quick enough. I suppose the issue now is that I would need
> permission from Ryan and DD32 + plus a couple of others in order to change
> the license. The HTTP API can be used separately from WordPress, with a few
> modifications to remove the wp_option code.
> (Talk to me like I'm an idiot, because I know nothing)

What version of the BSD license do you use?  The old one is GPL-incompatible
( http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#OrigBSD).
I'm assuming you're using the revised BSD, which is okay, since it removes
the advertising clause.


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