The Prime Minister’s website, number10.gov.uk, has recently been revamped; it now runs on the WordPress blogging/CMS software (which incidently is pretty good — I use it myself). However, the government might be embarrassed that they’re breaking copyright law.
If you look at the HTML for the website, you can see that the cascading style sheet is at the URL http://www.number10.gov.uk/wp-content/themes/networker-10/style.css.
The first few lines of this file are:
/* Theme Name: NetWorker Theme URI: http://www.antbag.com Description: An adsense ready theme from Antbag.com. Version: 1.0 Author: Anthony Baggett Author URI: http://www.antbag.com/ */
On the Antbag website, there’s a list of downloadable themes, which includes the NetWorker theme. Downloading the NetWorker theme, and opening the zip file, I see that it contains a file license.rtf that says it’s licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. This license requires that if you use the work, you must attribute the copyright holder, and you must include a copy of the license or its URL with every use.
So while the number 10 website is allowed to use the NetWorker theme, they must say they’ve done so on their website, and say that the theme is licensed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. But if you go to the Number 10 website’s copyright page, there’s no mention of it.
Incidently, this is the same British government that is talking about severing the Internet connections of people who break copyright law by downloading files on P2P networks. Because the government are not hypocrites, I’m sure they will now either drop these plans, or disconnect themselves from the Internet.
UPDATE: Anthony Baggett, who is the author of the NetWorker theme, says that no-one approached him for permission to remove the attrribution. So Number 10 is committing copyright infringement.