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I am just preparing for submission my first WordPress Theme to Theme Forest. I’m trying to figure out all the details for how to package up a theme for submission. However I am confused about how licensing should be handled. I’ve read article on licensing:


But it doesn’t explain the format for how the licensing should be included. It says create a directory called license and put at least the GPL license, and any other license you have in it. I want to say something to the effect “All the images and CSS are copyrighted, all the php code is under wordpress’s GPL ”. But I’m unsure how to do that.

If I just have a “License” directory with a file called GPL .txt inside it:

/license GPL .txt

Then it would imply that the whole theme is under the GPL , images and CSS included. What is the format for the license directory that Theme Forest recommends? How do you say these things are under this license and these other things are under this other license?


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The default licensing directory that I downloaded included a file called README _License.txt which reads:

This WordPress theme is comprised of two parts:

(1) The PHP code is licensed under the GPL license as is WordPress itself. You will find a copy of the license text in the same directory as this text file. Or you can read it here:


(2) All other parts of the theme including, but not limited to the CSS code, images, and design are licensed according to the license purchased. Read about licensing details here:


I believe the download was: http://themeforest.s3.amazonaws.com/License.zip

The link was from the WordPress Upload help page http://themeforest.net/upload/help?type=wordpress

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In your product zip package, just put a folder named “license” (or similar) with the files you download from the link sevenspark provided:


That’s just how I do it. There are different ways you could do it. The point is that those files are included with the product the user buys.

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