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JeffreyWay says

Hi everybody. We will be changing to a GPL + ThemeForest license on August 4th. Please review this blog posting, as this is an important change.

All questions/comments will be answered in this thread.

http://blog.themeforest.net/site-news/important-change-new-gpl-license-for-all-wordpress-themes/

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Ivor Reviewer says
Licenses GPL : All PHP code containing WordPress functionality will be sold with a GPL license. With this license, buyers will be free to modify and/or redistribute the files as they wish. Standard License: Don’t worry, authors. To protect your templates, all CSS , JavaScripts, and images will still be bound by our standard license.
You said 2 licenses Jeffrey, my question is:
  • What’s the diffence?
  • The WordPress themes will be cheaper?
  • Buyers can choose between GPL licenses and Standard licenses?

I have many doubts, this is really confusing.

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JeffreyWay says

@ipad

1) WordPress prices won’t change.

2) The difference is that buyers can redistribute the PHP /WordPress portion of your templates. However, they CAN ’T distribute the images, CSS , JavaScript, etc.

3) Buyers don’t choose between the licenses.

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Ivor Reviewer says

Thank you Jeffrey.

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d4v1d says

It’s a bit of a controversial move on WordPress’ part, but I think it’s a good thing for the industry. Most big names in WP Theming have already changed over to the GPL anyway.

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Kriesi says
2) The difference is that buyers can redistribute the PHP /WordPress portion of your templates. However, they CAN ’T distribute the images, CSS , JavaScript, etc.
a big question for me is: will they be able to redistribute my wordpress code on themeforest or will themeforest add a rule that prevents users from buying a theme, cranking out a redesign and reselling it, maybe with superior backend code that took dozen of hours of work to code. I am sure this wouldn interfere with the gpl licence, since deciding what to accept and what not is soley up to themeforest.

I have no problem with the fact that people who buy my themes will reuse it in different projects with their own designs, but those people selling my hard work here would be somewhat demoralising.

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d4v1d says

Kriesi: I would agree with that – having put in a lot of time into some of my wordpress backends and functions – but I think it goes against the GPL then, and for them to deny themes that meet the standard only because they use others’ GPL code would cause a huge legal issue.

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Kriesi says

well I cant believe that this would interefere with the gpl but i am of course no lawyer =)

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peex says

So our themes contains two licences. One for the php code which is GPL and one for our css, images etc which is Standard Licence am i right?

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danharper says

Personally I have no problem with authors re-using the WordPress functions & back-end code from my themes.

I already do my best to put out any nice tricks I find, to help better the WordPress community.

In fact, I can point out dozens of themes here and across the web which are using the ‘Theme Options’ code I published on the TF Blog, which I was using at first as a ‘unique selling point’.

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