Completing the license.txt file

by: Patricia

Jan 21


I’ve been selling child themes on Elegant Marketplace since 2015, as well as my own website shortly thereafter. I had never been required or thought about adding a license.txt file. Further, I did not know that Unsplash, Pixel, and Pixabay (where I get 99% of my photos from) were not compatible with the GPLv2 license. That is until I applied and was accepted to sell my child themes on Elegant Theme’s Marketplace.

For some reason, after downloading a copy of the license.txt file, I found it quite baffling and left it in my to-do pile. My biggest question was, “Where was I supposed to find the information they were asking for?”

After taking a breath and a step back, I started digging around the Plugin Editor to see how others were filling the bloody thing out. Finally, that gave me my “lightbulb” moment and suddenly I realized there was nothing to it.

Let’s break it down:

Main Product License


Product Name = The name of your child theme


– Copyright: 2020 Company Name  = Your company name and year of the copyright

– License: GPL

– License URI:

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify

it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by

the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or

(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,

but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of


GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License

along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software

Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02110-1301  USA


Third Party Code Credits


This section applies to all the plugins, code snippets, CSS files, JS files and anything else that you downloaded from an external source, that is included in your child theme. For your plugins, you will find the information in the Plugin Editor under the individual plugin. Look for either a “readme.txt” or “license.txt” file. All you do is copy and paste the information.


Animate CSS


– File Location: /product-name/css/animate.css (the url of the product)

– License: MIT

– License URI:

Smooth Scroll


– File Location: /product-name/js/smoothscroll.js

– License: MIT

– License URI:

WP Color Picker


– File Location: /product-name/js/color-picker.js

– License: GPLv2

– License URI:


Third Party Media Credits


This section applies to photos and illustrations. If you are going to sell your child themes on Elegant Themes Marketplace, you are only allowed to include images from:

Cityscape Photo – Name of the photo from the website you downloaded it from.


– Source:

– License: CC0

– License URI:

Sunset Photo


– Source:

– License: CC0

– License URI:

Unzip the file you downloaded through the SitePresser plugin and save your newly created license.txt file there.

Zipped the file back up and you are finished.


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