the rise of pay-only bbPress themes
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against paid, premium themes for bbPress.
There are now a handful out there, which is a good sign.
But I want to point out something to a couple of the authors which I will not name at this time.
You should not start with an existing free theme that is GPL and modify it if you are going to sell it. (added: without making it GPL)
(edit: changed “cannot” to “should not”, moral vs legal)
GPL requires you to disclose the source if you are going to distribute derivative works. This means, for example, if you start with the kakumei theme and improve it, you cannot sell it to others. You can give it away and maybe charge for support, but in itself has to be free.
(But on the other hand, this does NOT mean you have to give away your work if you modify a theme for your own site. GPL cover that, it says if you don’t distribute, you don’t have to make source available.)
TL;DR If you are going to sell a theme, start from scratch, not another free theme or you’ll get in trouble eventually.
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