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License, Starter Theme, Resell, Redistribute: Question (5 posts)

  1. Leo Blanchette
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    There are many "starter, template, and blank" themes available.

    The one I'm using has this license: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html

    Its easier to start from these than "reinventing the wheel".

    Question is, can you:

    Redistribute?

    Sell?

    Etc.

    The bigger question is, can someone take your hugely developed and coded theme and just resell/redistribute it after making some small improvements?

    I've actually been researching these questions, but I see no clear answers.

    What is the best way to make a powerful theme with reasonable freedom, and a degree of protection?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    can you:
    Redistribute?
    Sell?
    Etc.

    Under GPL, yes, yes and yes.

    can someone take your hugely developed and coded theme and just resell/redistribute it after making some small improvements?

    Under GPL, yes.

    What is the best way to make a powerful theme with reasonable freedom, and a degree of protection?

    Don't make a WordPress them full stop. By definition, all WordPress themes should be released under GPL. Harsh.. but true.

  3. Leo Blanchette
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    And of course, wordpress themes are required to hold GPL licensing?

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yep.

  5. Leo Blanchette
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for your prompt replies. One more question from this enthusiastic WP geek -

    Where are theme developers getting their job security if everything can be redeveloped and instantly put up as competition?

    On that note, where can I find some good resourceful info on turning open source projects into profit?

    Thanks for all your help. That should be all.

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