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99.99% of wordpress themes and plugins for free (!)

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by dev_masta, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. dev_masta

    dev_masta Registered Member

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    Hello community!

    Let me show something I discovered a few days ago - you can have almost any wordpress theme and plugin for free without any legal risk!

    Why?
    Because wordpress is published under GNU GPL licence and any work that derives for it inherits the GPL licence.

    http://wordpress.org/about/license/

    This means if someone made a theme that call even one wordpress function, which is 99.99% true they can sell it, but I can then alter it, sell it as my own, or give it away to the community without any legal risk :D

    Read more:
    http://www.alistercameron.com/2008/12/14/matt-mullenweg-wordpress-gpl/
    http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/interesting-wordpress-gpl-implications
    http://wpsplash.com/licensing-explained-for-wordpress-theme-and-plugin-developers/

    Only some parts of the themes could be under some other licence, like CSS and images, so be careful, but otherwise - this is the best news I've heard this year! :)

    Sharing trully IS caring!
     
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  2. Crewchief007

    Crewchief007 Power Member

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    Op, you are like, light years way behind on this one. Coders, developers ans WP designers have been using this legal loophole for the longest. That is why the owner of Thesis refused to come under GPL license until recently. He didn't want every Tom, Dick and Harry to have the legal right to alter/use his creation without remuneration.

    If you really look at some of the hottest themes, they are usually re-made, re-named and the sold at places like: Themeforest, Templatesold, NewWPThemes, TemplateMonster and others. But now that your eyes are open, go make a ton of money!!!!
     
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  3. dev_masta

    dev_masta Registered Member

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    :)

    I entered some words in BHW search field, couldn't find anything about this.
    I also stumbled upon some question regarding this theme (like "can I have problems for altering the footer" n stuff)

    Just wanted to share with newbs...

    Off to money making! :)
     
  4. Oalddesign

    Oalddesign Regular Member

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    Didn't know about it thanks for the info.
     
  5. livinthedream

    livinthedream Newbie

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    Is there a way to get wp mobile pro (from wpmobilepro.com) this way?
     
  6. tiagorossi

    tiagorossi Junior Member

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    its not a way to get wp themes but a information you can use when you already have one.
     
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    livinthedream Newbie

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    I just LOVE this forum........as a newbie you guys offer so much....hope one day I can help some newbies :You_Rock_
     
  8. Ampix0

    Ampix0 Power Member

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    So I really want some of the woocommerce plugins. How do I now obtain them legally?
     
  9. skillz

    skillz Newbie

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    I wasn't aware of this loophole. Thanks OP.