[kwlug-disc] Wordpress themes must be GPL

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Sat Jul 24 23:24:46 EDT 2010

I don't know about that refutation.

If the Thesis code contained copy-and-paste passages from WordPress,
then my analogy isn't too far off the mark.  You can't relicense and
redistribute someone else's work.  

If the Thesis theme has only a superficial dependence on the WordPress
machinery, then the analogy is a little harsh.  Of course, in that
instance Thesis could find another CMS to associate with that would be
happy to accommodate them.  Then they wouldn't have to worry about being
pestered with all this GPL talk. 

On Sat, 2010-07-24 at 18:20 -0400, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
> If you read the forum link in my original post, you'll see that your 
> comparison has been refuted as invalid.  He wasn't packaging anything.  
> It's like saying all linux software must be GPL because it's running on 
> linux.
> The use of the code was almost secondary - the impression I got was that 
> he was being forced to go GPL despite using wordpress code. That's my 
> impression anyway.
> g.
> It is no different than
> > selling a application that includes a warez copy of MS XP.  Except, that
> > instead of facing a big fine and jail time, all the open source
> > community demands is that the GPL be respected.
> >    
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