Release your theme as GPL

Posted on June 25th, 2011

With the success of WordPress, people created companies and started to sell “premium” themes. Most of them with released under the terms of the GPL licence, but several theme vendors chose to go with a licence that may, in their opinion, give them a better protection against piracy.

Though, WordPress team stated numerous times that themes have to be GPL compliant.

Although I am not a GPL fanatic, most WordPress users are, and trying to release a theme that is not GPL compliant will make you a pariah, and might even get you a lawsuit. So, don’t do something stupid: Respect WordPress licence, or choose another platform to work on.