Nov 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Edited Nov 23, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Here is the actual Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL)
Here are some parts that applies to BlogEngine in terms of adding new code and etc.
"(A) Reciprocal Grants- For any file you distribute that contains code from the software (in source code or binary format), you must provide recipients the source code to that file along with a copy of this license, which license will govern that
Here you can distribute as you like as long you provide the recipients the source code with a copy of the MS-RL license.
You may license other files that are entirely your own work and do not contain code from the software under any terms you choose."
Here is where you can sell your themes "license other files that are entirely your own work " and you can then provide your own terms which allows
you to sell the theme and prevent others from selling or distributing it with out your permission first. The license that you release it under also
needs to spell out what rights the buyer has once they bought the theme.
So technically if you are going to sell your themes they need to be license under different terms other than the Microsoft Reciprocal License if
you do not want others to freely give away or sell your theme :)
If you do not license it under different terms then technically after some one buys a theme they can distribute it in any way they like as long it meets the
Microsoft Reciprocal License terms.
So legally under the terms of the Microsoft Reciprocal License you can "
license other files that are entirely your own work and do not contain code from the software under any terms you choose"
which in fact allows you to sell that code under the terms you choose.
With "files that are entirely your own work" you can not use code that are in other themes like for WordPress and etc and then modify it to run on BlogEngine.Net and sell it with out first getting permission or the correct license from the original
developer of that theme, if you do get permission or the correct license those terms of the original theme needs to be also included in the theme Terms that you provide to the buyer.
You can search other websites that sells themes to see which licenses and terms they use to come up with the best option for you to use.
Have a great day!