You need quite a bit of time to upload 30 Themes and considering at least a few of them would get soft rejected (from my experiences and experiences of other authors), I find that extremely hard to believe, so I will stick to FinalDestiny thoughts here. Or perhaps all 30 themes were perfect right away
Actually, as WooThemes were waiting until the 100% GPL option was created, we held their themes (once the normal review process was completed) until the option was live.
you can’t have regular license and gpl at the same time. there are two contradictory license. You need to remove the regular license part from the item purchase page and add a new type of license in the license description page. here: http://themeforest.net/licenses
As I mentioned earlier, the Regular License applies to all items. Section 13(b) of the Regular License then says that if the author has chosen to license the item as 100% GPL, then you can disregard the rest of the Regular License, and the GPL applies.
@Japh: so they somehow put all 30 themes in the que at once or how did they end up on Themeforest almost simultaneously, just with scattered release dates?
Correct. All 30 themes were added to the queue at once, the release dates were then scattered manually to prevent there being a WooThemes-only page.
The problem is that they don’t go through the same review system as us and this is not fair. They approved all their items, no matter how old they were and most of them are overpriced. Envato, c’mon.
@FinalDestiny, WooThemes’ items were put through the same review process as all authors’ items.
Well, it really don’t clear things up, because there is not a more indepth explanation regarding what you can legally do with 100% GPL item. I will not go into details but if you do a little Googling, you will find that Section 13(b) is not 100% true to what GPL really stands for.
Actually, it does clear it up. This section says that if the item is one the author has chosen to release as 100% GPL, then the GPL applies to the entire item instead of the Regular License. If something about that is still unclear, let me know and I’ll try to explain further.
Sorry for asking a probably stupid question, but when i go to a woo theme for example i can purchase a regular licence which grants me use on one website only. How is restricting the amount of uses compatible with 100% gpl?
Hey SquaredWeb, check out section 13(b) of the Regular License
There is a question about 100% GPL which raised multiple times and still unanswered: how do you deal with exclusive authors opting in for GPL ?
Exclusive authors are not allowed to sell/redistribute their own TF items elsewhere but for GPL themes, those rights are granted to anybody and this includes the author who released the GPL code to begin with.
Please provide an official answer to the above.BF
Hey pixelentity, we’re currently seeking an official response to this, which will most likely be posted on this thread soon.
On Topic GPL question: Why does this text exist right next to the item’s purchase button?
“This item is licensed 100% GPL.”as if to say “This item is special”. If authors want to go 100% GPL I have no problem with that, but just because I choose not to relinquishing the rights to my work, why should my item end up appearing inferior?
It is informational, in the same way an Extended license is displayed if a theme / author has opted-in to that license option.
Btw, looks like the entire WooTheme’s portfolio (30 items) approved on 26th March but all of their items listed back from the first week of February, losing a lot of initial exposure? For me it looks like an unfair trick (from buyer point of view), although I am not a fan of 100% GPL. Technically how can an item approved today manages to stay behind the items that are approved a few months back? If this date based sorting is possible to hack, how can we assure if the ratings and relevance based sorting also not hacked already?
As @purethemes guessed, this was done by us to make things fair for existing authors, and not swamp the home page and date sorting with WooThemes’ 30 themes.