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Copyright Notice and Encryption in Themes

  • I am wondering about the legality of copyright notices and encrypted bits of code in WordPress themes. Usually a copyright notice looks like this and it may or may not have encrypted code under it:

    <!– WARNING: DO NOT CHANGE THE FOLLOWING CODE, CHANGING IT WILL VIOLATE THE COPYRIGHT AND STOP THE THEME WORKIN AUTOMATICALLY –>

    Considering that WordPress itself is licensed GNU/GPL, is it legal for theme designers to include encrypted footer links and copyright notices within the footer.php file or other files?

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  • esmi

    @esmi

    Forum Moderator

    Providing that the theme authors are not releasing their themes under GNU/GP, it’s perfectly legal.

    It’s legal, but I wouldn’t use them. Better to find something that’s GPL and customize if need be.

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