This is what I found in the footer file of a theme of yours that I was hacking/tweaking for my own web development purposes today:
WARNING: This file is protected by copyright law. To reverse engineer or decode this file is strictly prohibited.
Followed by several hundred characters of encrypted alphabet soup.
I don’t think so, SWEEPLICWD – you released this theme under a GNU General Public License, so I can modify it to Alpha Centauri and back – it says so right there in the conditions of the GPL. If I make copies for distribution to others I have to note that I have modified it on this date and provide them with a link to the GPL, but otherwise I am free as a bird as to what I change/insert in the footer file, or any other file, of your OPEN SOURCE theme.
I only hacked your theme at all because I liked the central graphic concept and thought that it could be nicely customised for a personal website for a friend. I have left a proper design credit in the footer linking back to you as designer because I, unlike you, do have ethics.
Also, your footer code claiming your theme was XHTML-compliant? Well – it is now. I also corrected your spelling of several key terms.
Categories: ethics & philosophy