Is anyone else uncomfortable with the extent to which SoloPine themes are being redistributed with only the very slightest of changes made to the design? Maybe I’m too sensitive to design similarities, but I see a lot of dupes on both themeforest and the free wordpress.org directory. I’ve even seen blogspot themes being made out of their designs.
I completely understand that embracing WordPress means embracing the GPL and the author obviously isn’t starving or coming across as especially bothered by it all. But browsing themes lately, it’s hard not to feel disappointed by the lack of creativity and love for design in what should design oriented environments.
Additionally, seeing a bit of the simmer/cookbook plugin drama unfold on twitter, I can’t help but get the impression that the lack of accountability attached to the GPL is attracting quite a bit of sliminess.