Casshern

it bewilders me that this image is present on the header of Small Potato‘s recently added theme. Small Potato is a decent guy, and after it was pointed out that using the cover of a movie as a header image wasn’t exactly following the letter of copyright law, he announced that people should change it, and modified the theme to remove it. The theme is beautiful in its own right, without the header. How, then, did it sneak past the wordpress.com admins’ notice that the image shouldn’t be installed here?

you might think that they were distracted or confused by the recent license change at wpdesigner, (despite neo-sapien having always been GPL), except that as i mentioned, the theme isn’t available with that header anymore. given that matt doesn’t really understand the concept of relicensing, or why the GPL is such a pain in the ass for designers, i guess i shouldn’t be surprised.

then again, maybe i’m wrong. maybe matt did fork over some cash to Dreamworks to license their IP for all of us here on wordpress.com. personally, i’d think the money could be spent on something better, (like a lawyer) but i’m just a user.

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5 thoughts on “Casshern

  1. that girl again

    Hmm, wonder if inclusion on wordpress.com was another sweetener to get him to switch licences?

    Alternatively, I wonder if the pressure to switch licences wasn’t as much connected with wanting to use his themes on wp.com as with getting publicity for the Cause?

    You know they’re going to tell you that everyone’s going to replace it with their own custom header anyway so it’s not a problem, right? They’re probably gambling on being too insignificant for Dreamworks’ lawyers to bother with.

  2. timethief

    Trying to make head or tail of what’s going on with themes, their attribution, copyright, embedded advertising links, personality politics and political maneuvering can bring on a migraine. I don’t know the ins and the outs. All I know is that there’s an out-of-control feeling about what’s going on at wordpress these days and that it troubles me.

  3. adam

    You know they’re going to tell you that everyone’s going to replace it with their own custom header anyway so it’s not a problem, right?

    i wouldn’t be surprised by a “it’s just blogs on the internet” response, but i do expect them to have a more professional response.

    Hmm, wonder if inclusion on wordpress.com was another sweetener to get him to switch licences?

    it’d be an odd sweetener, since the theme was always GPL. nonetheless, it’s well put together, warm and dark, and i think makes a decent addition, so i’m not bothered.

    there’s an out-of-control feeling about what’s going on at wordpress

    yeah, that seems to be the problem with a commercial service being run by the lead developers of an open source project. all the natural things that happen to a project as it matures are being taken personally by matt. open source isn’t about control, it’s about freedom. by contrast, wordpress.com is a controlled environment, maintained by automattic. there’s bound to be some missteps, as they fail to distinguish between their userbases. there’s no reason that this GPL fanaticism should affect users here, since a fair chunk of the code we’re running his is already proprietary.

  4. range

    Designing your own or using a blank template to build upon is the best option. Not that I’ve had time to do this but still.

  5. adam Post author

    it certainly is the best option. even for theme authors, depending on someone else’s license isn’t optimal.

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