[kwlug-disc] Wordpress themes must be GPL

Chris Frey cdfrey at foursquare.net
Thu Jul 29 13:46:10 EDT 2010


On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 01:31:35PM -0400, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM, R. Brent Clements <rbclemen at gmail.com>wrote:
> 
> > If I distribute the source with the object code to a second party, I
> > have met my obligations.  If they then distribute it to a third party
> > without the source code, then they are not complying with the license,
> > not me.
> 
> 
> But if the third party ask you, the first party, for the source, you have to
> make it available.

I believe Brent is correct here.  Third parties only get to claim access
if you choose the "written offer" option of distribution.  In the
section on Conveying non-source forms, you have the option of chosing
only one of those methods, and the first method is giving the objects
along with the source code.  If you pick that option (A), it looks to
me like the transaction is finished, and third parties have no claim on you.

GPL v2 is a bit less verbose, but seems to say the same thing.

In other words, as long as binary and code are not separated in the
transaction, then it is just one transaction which has completely
filled the GPL's requirements.

- Chris




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