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Subject: Re: Theme licenses

Re: Theme licenses

From: Frank Gevaerts <>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 18:54:53 +0100

On Thu, Mar 05, 2009 at 06:04:27PM +0100, Jonas Häggqvist wrote:
> A while ago, it was decided that themes on the fabled theme site should be
> required to be licensed exclusively CC-BY-SA. This however, results in
> some problems. For one thing, we can't reuse parts of themes in the
> Rockbox defaults since they're part of the code, and hence GPLv2-or-later.
> Another issue that seems a bit weird is that themes derived from Cabbiev2
> can't be uploaded to the theme site. As I see it, we have 4 options:
> 1) Require CC-BY-SA only
> 2) Require GPLv2-or-later only
> 3) Allow both GPLv2-or-later and CC-BY-SA
> 4) Require dual-licensing

I think there's a fifth option : dual-license the themes that are in svn,
or even allow CC-BY-SA-only themes in svn (I don't think this conflicts
with the GPL, I can't see themes as "linked"). This would of course mean
that we need to track down everyone who ever worked on or contributed to
those themes.


"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan
Received on 2009-03-05

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