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    Question Can I GPL some of my WordPress theme and not the rest?

    Hi,

    GPL has got me confused and I'm hoping that someone(s) can shed light on this.

    For example, if I create a commercial theme for WordPress, I understand that the PHP code is GPL'd by default -- at least this is my understanding.

    But what about the stylesheets, sample images, gradient images, icons, and layout? Are those also put under GPL by default, or can I specify a different license for those elements?

    The theme won't be distributed *with* WordPress, but it really doesn't do anything *without* WordPress.

    Thanks for any insight!

    Cranjled

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    There is this article from around 3 years ago, judging by the comments to that article there doesn't seem to be a consensus. IANAL, you should consult a lawyer who deals with copyright if in any doubt.
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    Thanks a lot for that, SpacePhoenix. I have spoken to a couple Copyright attorneys and their opinion is that it's gray area and not really settled on way or the other.

    I didn't read through the comments knowing all too well what those types of topics *can* spiral into, but the article makes some good points and does answer my question.

    Thanks again!


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