GNU GPL Wordpress Theme?

by humbledmarket Banned
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sorry to intrude but I was looking for some free wordpress themes I could use and I noticed many were licensed under GNU GPL.

I'd like to know with this licensing do I have the right to edit the theme such as the footer legally?

Thanks
#gnu #gpl #theme #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel ED
    Any questions you have concerning GNU GPL Licenses have been addressed here: Frequently Asked Questions about the GNU Licenses - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
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  • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
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    Uh answering my own question this is what I got from it:
    "Themes licensed under GNU GPL Can be edited:
    -The GPL does not require you to release your modified version, or any part of it. You are free to make modifications and use them privately, without ever releasing them.
    Frequently Asked Questions about the GNU Licenses - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
    -A quick note about copyright and your site
    From the start let's make one thing clear - you own your site, the content of the site is yours and does not belong to anyone else. There is an obligation to maintain the copyright notice within Joomla's PHP source code but you are not obliged to allocate the copyright of your site to anyone but you in the publicly visible page footer
    Joomla! • View topic - FAQ: How do i change the footer?
    "

    Joomla is also registered under GNU GPL.
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  • Profile picture of the author dexcell
    It mean if you edited the theme, you have to release it to public to download. That's the simplified version.
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  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    With the WP GPL license, if it's a php file containing WP code, the content is free to do with as you chose. Graphics, Javascript and CSS may or may not fall under the GPL license. It depends on the theme.

    Yes, you can change remove or replace the content in your footer since it is a part of footer.php which falls under the WP GPL license.

    And for the most part, if you're not redistributing the theme you don't have much to worry about unless it's a theme you've acquired questionably.

    It mean if you edited the theme, you have to release it to public to download. That's the simplified version.
    Incorrect. If you make modifications and redistribute GPL content, you have to make those modification publicly available. If you make modifications for personal use only, you don't have to make it publicly available.

    So, feel free to remove all of those viagra links!
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