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nicole_89 says

Today I downloaded one of my opencart themes to check if some change was in the update and I found a folder called Licensing that has README_License.txt with the following text.

This theme or plugin is comprised of two parts. (1) the PHP code and integrated HTML are licensed under the General Public License (GPL). You will find a copy of the GPL in the same directory as this text file.

also GPL.txt is included.

Is this a bug or a new feature? I don’t want my themes to be gpl.

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KrownThemes says

What’s part 2? :D It sais that the theme is comprised of two parts..

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nicole_89 says

This is the full text

This theme or plugin is comprised of two parts.

(1) the PHP code and integrated HTML are licensed under the General Public License (GPL). You will find a copy of the GPL in the same directory as this text file.

(2) All other parts, but not limited to the CSS code, images, and design are licensed according to the license purchased from Envato.

Read more about licensing here: http://themeforest.net/licenses
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KrownThemes says

So did you answer your question now? :)

PHP code (+ adjacent HTML) was always 100% GPL, nothing changed. Everything else is licensed however you want.

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PrimaThemes says

That is split license, the default of ThemeForest license that is applied to all Open Source CMS Themes…

You can read the details here,
Split Licensing and the GPL — what does it all mean?
http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/428

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nicole_89 says

Thanks ruben and prima for clarifying.

I never saw the licensing folder until now and I always thought gpl was only for wordpress, I never bothered with the subject until now.

This is bad news for php code in themes, anyone can add modules or code from any theme to their themes even here on themeforest and we don’t have any control on this, it’s legal :)

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PrimaThemes says

This is bad news for php code in themes, anyone can add modules or code from any theme to their themes even here on themeforest and we don’t have any control on this, it’s legal :)

Welcome to GPL world.

Don’t worry, ThemeForest has “in house” rule that doesn’t allow you to copy the code from other TF authors. You can always report it when you find anyone that copy your code without proper attribution.

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nicole_89 says

But they can give proper attribution :)

Adding a link in the credits section or in the code is a small price to pay for free code, also if themeforest doesn’t allow this then they are breaking their own gpl license.

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