I just installed Moodle 3.10+ and would like to install a theme/plugin. After searching the Theme directory, I discovered several interesting options, however with several (either the entire theme, or individual files included with the theme) I was not able to find a license for the theme that would allow me to download, install, and/or even modify the theme.
- "Moove:" The "Description," "Versions," and other Moodle pages do not include any licensing or copyright information (that I could find), nor does the theme's repository on GitHub, which would typically include a file called "LICENSE.md" or "COPYING.txt." I also checked the theme's website, and wiki, but neither of these provided licensing information either. Finally, I downloaded the theme (.zip file) to check to see if the license was included there, and did find several files that included licensing information in the header (which I assume means that information is also included in the GitHub files), for example /moove/amd/src/accessibilitybar.js and /moove/amd/src/metismenu.js (but not all files, e.g. /moove/amd/build/accessibilitybar.min.js). While this approach does provide some licensing information, it is very difficult to find. According to the Free Software Foundation, "You should also include a copy of the license itself somewhere in the distribution of your program. All programs, whether they are released under the GPL or LGPL, should include the text version of the GPL. In GNU programs we conventionally put the license in a file called COPYING."
- "Fordson:" Again the "Description," "Versions," etc. pages do not provide any information on licensing nor does the GitHub repository. Also like Moove many of the files do contain licensing and copyright information in file headers, but not all the files.
- "Klass:" Same as above, no licensing information including on Moodle pages, but some files in the source does include licensing information in file headers, while other files lack licencing information.
Is there a standard way to find licensing information for the themes listed on Moodle?
Is there any verification undertaken--by Moodle or before a theme can be included in the list--to ensure themes are licensed appropriately?
I'm not trying to call anyone or project out, and I only referenced the three examples above because they came up first when I searched the themes catalog. Also, I might be completely missing something and the licensing information is indeed included, but accessed in a way I am ignorant of.
Thanks all - Patrick