I would like to draw your attention to two forum posts,
and then ask a question about the intentions behind the GPL regarding wordpress themes. I believe that cyberchimps are acting in a mean spirited way with regard to the GPL and would like the opinion of someone from wordpress if possible, regarding why one developer is taken to task over doing something which another developer gets away with
Two conversations, one of which is in one of the the wordpress.org sites and one of which is in the cyberchimps websites.
In the first a theme developer is being taken to task for basically ignoring the terms of the GPL. WordPress state that he is basically doing something which is analagous to selling a safe and charging extra for the keys
now look at this short conversation in the cyberchimps support forum, in which they openly admit they are doing exactly the same thing
My question is, what is different to what cyberchimps are doing and what the other developer is doing? If nothing then why are their themes still in the repository?
I will offer my own opinion on this attitude of cyberchimps. They are advertising functionality for the lite theme which infact you only get if you pay for the pro version. You do not find this out in the description until you activate the lite theme.
then you realise they have subverted all the directories and locations of code to make it difficult to interpret what is going on and any support request for the lite theme is met with "If you have the technical skills or the pro version you can do anything".
I think they are just taking us for a ride, but people really aren't as dumb as cyberchimps think they are