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I just wanted to know if it's ok to modify/remove links pointing to the designer of the theme.

In my case I have "theme by" and the site's logotype, would it be ok to remove the logotype and write the site's name? Or remove it altoghether?

Does it have to do with the particular designer of the theme?

Thanks

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It depends on the license under which the Theme is released.

Assuming the Theme was released under GPL: no; you are free to change the Theme in any way you want. If you redistribute the Theme, modified or unmodified, you are required to maintain the original copyright/license information in the Theme file headers, but are still not required to have a public-facing attribution or link.

If the Theme was released under CC-By: no; you are free to change the Theme in any way you want. As with GPL, you are required to maintain the original copyright/license information in the Theme file headers, including a link to the Theme's license information, but are still not required to have public-facing attribution or an arbitrary public-facing link.

If the Theme was released under any other license, you'll need to consult the terms of the applicable license.

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Did I read that right under CC-By I thought you had to have a public-facing attribution. –  BandonRandon Sep 25 '11 at 20:26
    
No, CC-By most certainly does not require a public-facing link. From the legalese: keep intact all copyright notices for the Work and provide, reasonable to the medium or means You are utilizing... The reasonable to the medium for a PHP work would be a PHP file-header attribution, NOT a public-facing link. –  Chip Bennett Sep 25 '11 at 20:31
    
And also (note: emphasis added): to the extent reasonably practicable, the URI, if any, that Licensor specifies to be associated with the Work, unless such URI does not refer to the copyright notice or licensing information for the Work; The link MUST refer to the license information, not an arbitrary credit link. –  Chip Bennett Sep 25 '11 at 20:31
    
good to know :) –  BandonRandon Sep 25 '11 at 20:32
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