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cavcurt says

So I’m reading the last chapter of sitepoint’s book: Wicked WordPress Themes and Jeffery Way is talking about the GPL license. Basically at one point it suggest that any PHP that is distributed with WordPress themes is GPL territory because it hooks into WordPress…

So all templates and frameworks are fair game for reuse by anyone making sites for end users or a theme to sell? Being that they apply their own CSS , Images, and Javascript(which most of is probably GPL also) and supply their own HTML

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organicbee says
cavcurt said
So I’m reading the last chapter of sitepoint’s book: Wicked WordPress Themes and Jeffery Way is talking about the GPL license. Basically at one point it suggest that any PHP that is distributed with WordPress themes is GPL territory because it hooks into WordPress… So all templates and frameworks are fair game for reuse by anyone making sites for end users or a theme to sell? Being that they apply their own CSS , Images, and Javascript(which most of is probably GPL also) and supply their own HTML

no thats not exactly the case….

not all themes, plugins and frameworks haves a GPL licenses with it(Im talking general not just themeforest) and the themes that do have GPL its only for the PHP that interacts with WordPress if a framework or theme uses a separate php framework it may be licensed a different way… All CSS , Images, JavaScript and HTML at least on themeforest are NOT GPL and copyrighted by the authors so you may not use them at all in any case…. some free themes and frameworks are 100% GPL and you can use however you want but theres kind of a moral aspect to it while its legally okay to do its kind of moral wrong to completely hi-jack someones code to profit off it

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cavcurt says

Cool just wondering.

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Landonw says

GPL doesn’t necessarily mean free. Your best bet would be to contact the framework author and see if he would like to partner up with you.

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ThemeShaper says

Also worth noting that with GPL you have to be very careful to properly credit the original author(s) wherever the code is used. GPL is very strict on this. Bear in mind as well, any of your code that interacts with any of this code would also become GPL .

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Landonw says
ThemeShaper said
Also worth noting that with GPL you have to be very careful to properly credit the original author(s) wherever the code is used. GPL is very strict on this. Bear in mind as well, any of your code that interacts with any of this code would also become GPL .

Are you sure about that? WordPress is GPL and you don’t have to give them credit.

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organicbee says
LandonWilson said
ThemeShaper said
Also worth noting that with GPL you have to be very careful to properly credit the original author(s) wherever the code is used. GPL is very strict on this. Bear in mind as well, any of your code that interacts with any of this code would also become GPL .
Are you sure about that? WordPress is GPL and you don’t have to give them credit.

you do not have to give credit at all with GPL here is the GPL full licenses http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html and here is a good article explaining it http://www.sitepoint.com/public-license-explained/ and also note somethings are dual licensed with the MIT licenses http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php

the main reason GPL was even created was so that open source project that would get abandoned could be passed to another user without legal worries but as time change the licenses are somewhat changing in all reality though 60% of people don’t really understand what the proper licensing means and refers too nor really care best rule of thumb would be when in doubt contact the original author if you can’t find one don’t use it…. if its dealing in an industry where you’d have a large some of money involved(or any some of money really) contact a lawyer….. also remember that the even though its a public license its still a copyright of the original author which is different than licensing

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ThemeShaper says

I wasn’t particularly clear :)

I meant in the code itself, (where the GPL code is used) you must display an appropriate copyright notice. My understanding is, that if for example I add a copyright notice to my own framework – if someone wants to use my framework under GPL , they must include my notice keeping my credit intact.

e.g. http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#IWantCredit

Presumably though, if I don’t put a copyright notice in I don’t need to be credited. (but then perhaps I am not the legal copyright owner anyway without this notice)

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