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Legal Issues with downloading themes?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by kivd1, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. kivd1

    kivd1 Junior Member

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    If I download a theme from download section and get it live on a website can I get in legal trouble?

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  2. ytr191

    ytr191 Regular Member

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    How will they find out that you did not buy it?
     
  3. etnad0

    etnad0 BANNED BANNED

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    I don't think people are going around checking on $20 and $40 themes. lol
     
  4. thedorf

    thedorf Senior Member

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    The answer is yes, but not as much trouble as I've gotten into before.
     
  5. kivd1

    kivd1 Junior Member

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    idk maybe they have a way of figuring it out?
     
  6. kivd1

    kivd1 Junior Member

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    how much exactly? Expensive lawsuits?
     
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    thedorf Senior Member

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    Doubt it seriously. Jeez buy the theme if you are that concerned about it.

    I've gotten Cease and Desist letters from attorneys before, but they never did anything thank goodness (silly attorneys wanted to shut me down when I was promoting their client's product - people get confused sometimes).

    Anyway, I say if you haven't been legally challenged, you haven't tried hard enough ~
     
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    crazyflx Elite Member

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    I'm replying to this thread for the exclusive purpose of letting you know I got a good chuckle out of the quote above.

    First thing that ran through my mind was "that has got to be as close to a BHW slogan as you can get".

    Thanks for the laugh +rep
     
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  9. Ptrick125

    Ptrick125 Regular Member

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    I don't think you would get in trouble for downloading. They might write a bad review of your site, but they won't go to too much trouble. If you were selling or distributing their theme, you might get in trouble however.
     
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    Almost all WP themes are issued under the creative common license. If it uses WP functions it automatically falls into this license.

    The CSS and images may be proprietary, but the bones are open source on almost every WP theme (or plugin) out there. I even have little script that re-brands themes and plug-ins to turn them into your branded product. Great for Pad submissions,

    Generally,no one really cares, but you could get into a bind if someone had a hardon for you.
     
  12. Sam Woods

    Sam Woods Junior Member

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    I agree - this is an issue that theme developers have been looking at for a while, there is no RELIABLE method for seeing if a blog has in fact bought the theme, 99% of themes are GPL and how are they to know if you have bought without spending a lot of time and effort into code-protection or tracking. Even if they did go for this tactic you would be able to see it in their code (the license type means that it cannot be encoded).

    Maybe in the future there will be a way of tracking effectively but for now, theme developers have to work into their budget that most that have the theme, have not bought.

    Sam
     
  13. Felicita

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    It can get you in a trouble, but I highly doubt that possibility. Anyway, TRY & SEE! And don't forget to let us know then.