I was doing some googling this evening and stumbled across this ad:
I was immediately suspicious. Perhaps this is a WooThemes affiliate who has a special deal directly with WooThemes?
Not so it would seem. Bundlethemes looks to be selling a bundle of 46 WooThemes themes and using the GPL to make it legit. Here’s a screenshot of their sales page.
And here’s a direct quote from that sales page:
How can I legally offer this? Simple. It’s kind of WooThemes dirty little secret. They have released everything they publish under the GPL license. This is the same license WordPress itself is given away free under. GPL gives the buyer full rights to use, edit and redistribute the product as they see fit. Being a customer let me bundle all these themes up so you could make a saving. By not buying from WooThemes you do lose out on the support they offer – if you want support and a community forum I recommend buying direct from WooThemes.
Dodgy or Legit?
I must say I’ve not come across this type of resale activity before. The site is clearly aimed at those who are already very familiar with WooThemes as bundlethemes does not contain much more than this sales page. Their whole business model seems to revolved around finding customers who wish to save approx. $40 to forego the support of the wonderful guys who actually make these brilliant themes. I’ve gotta say I don’t like this one bit at all. Whether or not this is considered legal or not – and I’m sure bundlethemes would strongly argue they are not breaking any laws – I think it doesn’t really add up for me. I can’t see potential customers going for this at all. It’s also morally wrong. The guys over at woothemes clearly put a heck of a lot of work into what they do and here we have someone who is effectively bootlegging their work.
I guess we should let customers decide who is right?