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  • Suppose that I want to create a commercial site for a company. As I found I can use WordPress for this purpose. As I understood I can use one of free GPL themes (http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/) too.

    Can I modify free themes freely for use on my commercial site?
    If yes:
    1. Is anything that I should leave in theme? Such as link to the first author/Wordpress or anything else?
    2. Am I forced to anything? Such as putting the modified theme sources somewhere or anything else?

    I’ve investigated in GPL licence but I still can’t understand how it works with webdeveloping and skinning.

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  • Edward Caissie

    (@cais)

    Theme Review Admin, The JellyBeen Man

    I think the WordPress Philosophy exlpains this rather well: http://wordpress.org/about/philosophy/ … just scroll down to the “Our Bill of Rights” section at the bottom of the page.

    To paraphrase, at least as far as the themes I have released under GPLv2 into the WordPress repository: “It’s yours … have at it!”

    If I modify an existing theme for my own purposes, I often leave a little note in the style.css header saying such (Based on blah theme originally created by blah). Not required, I just like to do it if I’m benefitting from someone else’s hard work.

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