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We’re happy to announce today that authors on ThemeForest and CodeCanyon can now choose to license their WordPress items through a 100% GPL option. To help us launch this new feature, we’re excited to have one of the most well known and respected theme outfits joining ThemeForest’s ever growing library — WooThemes!
Here’s How It Works
To start using the 100% GPL option authors first need to opt in from their author settings page. After doing this, they’ll see a checkbox on the upload and edit item forms in relevant categories. Checking this box will switch the license for that item to 100% GPL. At this stage, once an item is switched over, it cannot be switched back to the split license.
Items offered under 100% GPL will be marked as such, and won’t have an extended license option. Buyers will technically purchase a regular license but the wording of the license and FAQs has been updated to accommodate 100% GPL items where applicable.
We’ve also improved the upload process — WordPress themes and plugins no longer need to manually include the license and Read-Me files in their upload, as they’re automatically added.
Today we’re launching this option only on WordPress-related categories. Our next step is to take the feature to all other GPL-based categories such as Joomla, Drupal, OpenCart, OS Commerce and Zen Cart. Authors in those categories will get this option in the coming weeks.
WooThemes Joins ThemeForest
I’ve been a big fan of WooThemes since their inception. They have been consistently at the forefront of WordPress theming and business, have helped move the whole industry forward, and beyond that are just a really nice group of smart, talented designers and developers.
Adii and I have spoken on and off for years about getting the WooThemes portfolio onto ThemeForest. I’m extremely excited to announce that they are our launch partner for the 100% GPL feature!
We’re very excited to be working with ThemeForest to be one of the first 100% GPL partners and also to reach a brand new audience for our themes.
– Adii, Founder and CEO of WooThemes.
Over the next few days, you’ll see the WooThemes library start to appear on ThemeForest. Now, if I can just convince Adii that WooThemes should go exclusive. 😉
More about the 100% GPL Option
More details on opting into the 100% GPL options are available over on the Knowledgebase. If you have any questions, head to this forum post. It’s the best place to go if you have questions regarding Marketplace items or categories, or how the GPL will work.