Matt Mullenweg: “WordPress Themes are GPL, too”

Link: WordPress › Blog » Themes are GPL, too

One sentence summary: PHP in WordPress themes must be GPL, artwork and CSS may be but are not required.

I don’t see this doing much to calm the shitstorm over commercial WordPress themes (missives from attorneys seldom do); it definitely draws a line in the sand and clarifies something that had been a subject of debate among the WordPress developer community. At the same time, it would be nice if the WordPress business did more to support commercial plugin and theme developers (whether the code is GPL or not shouldn’t matter) rather than just providing the occasional blog link or issuing/refuting fatwas.