After reading this post from last week, I finalized my decision to abandon the premium WordPress theme I’ve been using. Yes, that’s money down the drain; however, I won’t sacrifice my principles for a few dollars.
Over the past several days, I became convinced, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Thesis incorporates nontrivial code from WordPress. As such, it is considered a derivative work under the Gnu Public License (GPL). Without that code copied from WordPress, I was (and am) willing to accept that Thesis is not derivative, and therefore not subject to the GPL. However, such has been demonstrated not to be the case.
Thus, until I decide upon, install, and tweak a replacement theme (probably another premium theme, but one with a GPL), I’m afraid you’re stuck with the default WordPress 2010 theme. I’ll see about replacing the banner, however. *grin*
Any suggestions would be welcomed in the comments; however, I really don’t care to debate GPL issues: There is plenty of that going on elsewhere on the web (check the #thesiswp hashtag in Twitter if you need more).
Decided to go with Headway Theme, which is (of course) compliant satisfies Automattic’s desire for compliance with WordPress’s GPL.1 So, there’ll be some growing pains as I set it up and play around with it.
Why Headway? It appears to be the most like Thesis, with the degree of flexibility in design tweaking I want. That’s pretty much it.
- Added with the edit: Headway has a split license. Those parts of the theme that wrap (or are wrapped by) WordPress are under GPL; however, independent or standalone items, such as images, are licensed separately under Headway’s copyright. ↩