If you open Graphene’s style sheet, you will see a link to the license. For your convenience, that license is here:
The FAQ that is included with the theme states that:
The Graphene WordPress theme, along with all the other themes in the WordPress.org Official Free Themes Directory, is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2. The full text of that licence is included with the theme in the licence.txt file in the theme’s folder. Releasing the theme under that licence means, among others, that you are free to modify the theme in any way for any purpose (including commercial) without any obligation to the theme’s author. However, if you decide to redistribute the theme, the licence dictates that you must release the theme under the same licence, GPLv2.
But of course, the author would always appreciate donations to support ongoing and future developments of the theme.
So I suppose, theoretically, you could do this, although since Graphene is a free theme, I don’t suppose you could charge for it. I’m not an expert in software license and copyright law.
But what you are suggesting is just really, really slimy. Literally tens of thousands of hours have gone into the development of this theme by hundreds of people and you’re going to change a few lines of code and distribute it as your own? If that’s not outright theft, it’s pretty close, and it reeks of laziness and an incredible sense of entitlement.
If you think this theme is a great one, and you want to share it with others, then at least give credit where credit is due.
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