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Closed 6 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#31899 closed enhancement (fixed)

Proper Licensing for Twenty Fifteen

Reported by: kevinhaig Owned by:
Milestone: 4.3 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 4.1.1
Component: Bundled Theme Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:

Description (last modified by dd32)

Licensing requirements

As per recommendations in
https://make.wordpress.org/themes/2014/07/08/proper-copyrightlicense-attribution-for-themes/

For each source file, other than files already licensed, style.css and readme.txt please add the following :

Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme, Copyright 2015 WordPress
Twenty Fifteen is Distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL

in the style.css file please add the following as part of the stamp :

License: GPLv2 
License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme, Copyright 2015 WordPress
Twenty Fifteen is Distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program. If not, see < http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ >.

In the readme.txt file please add the following :

License: GPLv2 *** do not add the or later
License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme, Copyright 2015 WordPress
Twenty Fifteen is Distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program. If not, see < http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ >.

Licenses for Bundled Resources

HTML5 Shiv v3.7.0 | @afarkas @jdalton @jon_neal @rem | MIT/GPL2 Licensed
Copyright (c) 2014 Alexander Farkas (aFarkas), https://github.com/aFarkas/html5shiv

Genericons icon font, Copyright 2013 Automattic
Genericons are licensed under the terms of the GNU GPL, Version 2 (or later)
Source: http://www.genericons.com

Not sure with the copyright year for the Genericons....so I just used Chip's example

I have been reviewing themes for about a month for WordPress.org, and a lot of emphasis is being placed on proper licensing. I have commented a number of times to Theme Review Team members that licensing is not proper for the twenty themes, at least not within the guidelines of Chip's post. Most of the themes I have reviewed tend to use the twenty themes
as a basis for their submissions, consequently they are submitting themes that are not properly licensed.

I would like to be able to refer them to the twenty themes for examples of proper licensing, but they inevitably refer me to the twenty themes saying "If the twenty themes do it that way, why can't I?"

I will follow with the same tickets for the other twenty themes, if you find this one worth pursuing.

Thanks....@kevinhaig

Change History (6)

#1 follow-up: @dd32
7 years ago

  • Description modified (diff)

I'm going to get too involved with this ticket, but just wanted to note this:

License: GPLv2 *** do not add the or later

WordPress, and it's default themes, are licenced as GPLv2 or Later

Additionally, the GNU GPLv2 FAQ may be interesting to others:
https://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0-faq.html

#2 in reply to: ↑ 1 @kevinhaig
7 years ago

Replying to dd32:

I'm going to get too involved with this ticket, but just wanted to note this:

License: GPLv2 *** do not add the or later

WordPress, and it's default themes, are licenced as GPLv2 or Later

Additionally, the GNU GPLv2 FAQ may be interesting to others:
https://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0-faq.html

Yes sorry I thought I had removed that.
It does strike me odd though as to why an "or later" is valid when the Licenses are different. That they are compatible is fine but to suggest that later Licenses are also applicable and then reference one document seems odd to me.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #themereview by poena. View the logs.


7 years ago

#4 @kevinhaig
6 years ago

Looks like this has been done, checked all the twenty themes and there is now a great licensing section in the readme.txt files.

Who ever did this...thanks... :)

This ticket can now be closed.....not sure if I can do it so I will leave open for now.

#5 @knutsp
6 years ago

  • Resolution set to worksforme
  • Status changed from new to closed

#6 @netweb
6 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 4.3
  • Resolution changed from worksforme to fixed

A series of commits was made in #31814 that included updated license information for each of the theme readme's

In r32492: Twenty Ten
In r32491: Twenty Eleven
In r32490: Twenty Twelve
In r32489: Twenty Thirteen
In r32488: Twenty Fourteen
In r32487: Twenty Fifteen

Slotting into the 4.3 milestone and marking as fixed.

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