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Themes (License issue)

  • Hello,

    What is the license status of the themes which WordPress offers as free?

    1) Can they be edited freely?
    2) Is it okay to remove or change footer notes?

    Thank you.

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  • Jan Dembowski
    Moderator

    @jdembowski

    It’s all GPL’ed so

    1) Yes, knock yourself out.

    2) It’s not your code so you need to maintain credit to the original authors. That doesn’t have to be a link, a comment in the code attributing to the author will usually suffice.

    WPyogi
    Forum Moderator

    @wpyogi

    Edited my reply — as Jan got it before mine got posted.

    Jan Dembowski
    Moderator

    @jdembowski

    It’s the weekend, normally Esmi or alchymyth beat me to the reply with minutes to spare. 😉

    Thank you for the answers.
    Cheers.

    Emil Uzelac
    Participant

    @emiluzelac

    WP Theme Reviewer Note: (yours truly)

    Any Theme distributed via WPORG will be under this license http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review#Licensing

    P.S. In addition to Jan and WPyogi 🙂

    Emil

    Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin

    @chipbennett

    2) It’s not your code so you need to maintain credit to the original authors. That doesn’t have to be a link, a comment in the code attributing to the author will usually suffice.

    This isn’t actually true.

    First: original-work attribution is only required when redistributing a work. Per the GPL, one is free to modify the original work in any way whatsoever, and is under no compulsion to retain credit/license attribution unless redistributing the modified work.

    Second: only copyright/license attribution of the work is required. This attribution is generally found in style.css, functions.php, or readme.txt. No public-facing links or credit text are required to be retained, whatsoever.

    (If I come across as a bit…passionate about this topic, it’s because I am. I have to deal all the time with shady developers who attempt to pervert license requirements in order to force footer credits/links on users.)

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