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Surprised by the results but kudos to Collis and Envato for deciding to offer a GPL option based on the survey. And I especially appreciate that it will be optional :)
Yeah, i was also really surprised that so many people would opt for 100% GPL. Maybe they did not understand that if they do that, others can purchase their themes and resell them as they are..
We can make a bet how fast there will be a “themeforestbundles.com” site selling a bunch of 100% GPL themes for a fraction of their price. And yes, 100% legally.
Cool idea! I should reserve the domain as quick as possible! :D

You’re pretty fast ;)

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ait says


Surprised by the results but kudos to Collis and Envato for deciding to offer a GPL option based on the survey. And I especially appreciate that it will be optional :)
Yeah, i was also really surprised that so many people would opt for 100% GPL. Maybe they did not understand that if they do that, others can purchase their themes and resell them as they are..

We can make a bet how fast there will be a “themeforestbundles.com” site selling a bunch of 100% GPL themes for a fraction of their price. And yes, 100% legally.

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ait says

Thanks for opening this thread. I already posted my question to notes site, but probably not so many people read it.

What will be the price difference between 100% GPL items and split licensed items? Could you please let us know more details what is planned? This change will affect all existing authors and change the game a little bit. Thanks.

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ait says

Our theme was also rejected because of timthumb. Honestly I didn’t get the whole thing. Hundreds of themes use timthumb, if there is a bug you can simply upload a newer version and you’re OK. Now there will be hundreds different solutions, everybody will do it different way with different script and nobody will even know if there is a bug or not.

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I really don’t get Wordpress point of view, so they want great plugins but that authors give for free? We need to make a living in the end of the day :P
Just to clarify: When they talk about “free”, they’re talking about freedom, not price.

Yes that’s absolutely true, but it’s also freedom to copy our work and resell or share it for free.

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I’m still not sure you guys are aware of the relationship between WordPress and you: They give, you take – free. They owe you nothing. That’s where every discourse about ethics has to start, if you want one.

C’mon, we’re giving back a lot of new ideas to the wordpress community. For example Automattic’s “Confit” restaurant theme was inspired by our “Ristorante” theme sold here ;)

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WordPress foundation thinks all of the code and artwork should be GPL ? In other words our themes should be free? :P

Yep. Give away themes and sell support. Easy! Like wordprass.com do!

Oh wait, wordpress.com users can’t do any customization, development, etc. So all that wordpress.com support is doing is kinda “to embed a gallery, click that small button…”. This means that they can hire anyone as support staff. Sure it’s easy to profit from such “support” :D

Envato could also launch a hosted themes service :) At least we won’t need to fight with $5 a year hosting issues ;)

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ait says

But I get the feeling this guy’s about something else anyways: Envato not letting the authors and copyright holders choose their licence as they see fit. I think the term he used was that being ‘evil’. And he mentioned that Envato at least allowing authors to go full GPL might be the compromise he was willing to settle the dispute. (As some may know, this happens to be the deal-breaker for me also.)

Why is Wordpress.org not letting the authors and copyright holders choose their license? I think Wordpress.org should allow to go split license. :)

Peace ;)

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you guys act like that doesnt happen anyways….. GPL or not isnt going to stop people from misusing themes

The difference is if they do it legally or not. If you release your theme under GPL, anybody can legally resell or publish it for free.

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How does allowing sleezy people to resell someone else’s work and at the same time steal their income fit the spirit of the GPL? And if it does, why do we care about the spirit of the GPL?

Well the spirit of GPL is a nice thing if you’re developing some hobby project and have income from something else, but the spirit won’t pay your bills.

I have nothing against GPL, lot of nice stuff wouldn’t be there with it. But the freedom is also to be able to choose the license and split license here is what will help to protect author’s income.

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