I just want a way to release my themes, allow anyone to modify them in any way they want for their personal use, but not redistribute them (especially in modified format) unless:
- Original credits are included (based on original work by WSGDesigns)
- Credits/support info is updated to note that this is modified from our design
Anyway to do this? Or just put in a text file that explains these things and HOPE that everyone complies (but have no legal way to back it up)?
Case in point. Someone took my wsg_WoWBlack theme (v1.0) and modified it to reflect the new Burning Crusade look. They then offered on their site for download. Very shortly later, I started receiving support questions on this theme that I could not replicate or were already fixed in the latest revision. After seeing the 3rd version that had identical modifications, I inquired where it was obtained, tracked down the person and gave him a choice:
- Modify the credits to note that this was his modification of my theme (he had just left the original credits)
- Turn over the modified theme to me for further support
He choose option 2, so I took his modified graphics and color styles, applied them to the latest wsg_WoWBlack theme and included his name in the credits for the TBC modifications and offered it as a new theme under WSGDesigns' name.
I too would be offended by someone taking my theme, "updating" it to support the latest DF, then offering it here for download. UNLESS, I had been contacted for permission first and no longer desired to maintain the theme myself.
I don't think it's right to just take Devon's themes and do with what you like. I would hope that Devon would trust someone to continue to maintain his themes for future DF versions, as he has contributed some great things to this CMS.
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