ThemeForest GPLs All WordPress Themes

Filed as News on July 15, 2009 5:12 pm

Envato’s web template marketplace ThemeForest is changing its WordPress theme licenses. As of August 4th, all WordPress themes will be sold in two licenses: GPL and Standard License. The latter only applies to CSS, JavaScripts and images, not the actual WordPress themes files. Anyone not OK with this should remove their items prior to August 4th.

Why do they do this? In their own words:

1: Technically, we have to. :)
2: It’s important to respect the spirit of WordPress. This is the way it was intended.

Most resellers of premium (commercial) WordPress themes have gone this route, if nothing else but to be included on the featured page is my guess. You might want to refer to our guide to the GPL license for more. You can purchase ThemeForest themes here.

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  1. By Simon Lim posted on July 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm
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    Great to hear that more premium theme developer are moving towards GPL compliance theme…i did have the same thought as showcase their premium themes in commercial section at, definitely carries weight and traffic to their may also boost up their sales…good move :)


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