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Footer link & GNU General Public License

Discussion in 'WordPress' started by andrej, Oct 25, 2012.

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    I've downloaded a free Wordpress theme from wordpress.org and this theme has a link in the footer that goes to the website of the developer of this theme (the footer file is not encrypted). I wonder if I can remove this link? The theme is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).
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    andrej, Oct 25, 2012 IP
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  2. Devtard

    Devtard Notable Member

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    GPL allows doing whatever you want with the code (you just have to distribute it under the same license). So removing a link is legal but I think that it is very unethical. Donate the author at least few bucks if you want to do this. :)
     
    Devtard, Oct 25, 2012 IP
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    andrej Notable Member

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    OK, I've already contacted the author and donated him a few bucks. :)
     
    andrej, Oct 26, 2012 IP
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    deluxdon Catch Me If You Can...!!!™ Staff

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    That is really a good move i must say.

    On the other side if you are using something free (free theme) then you need to keep author links intact as it is.

    DON.
     
    deluxdon, Oct 28, 2012 IP