Did Gordon Brown really steal a WordPress theme?

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  • August 20, 2008

As if Mr Brown didn’t have enough to deal with at the moment it appears that the shiny new website he paid £100,000 for might have been based on a free WordPress theme.

What’s more the designer of the theme is alleging that Number 10 (or the agency that built the site) has removed the footer attribution and is therefore in breach of copyright.

Of course there are two sides to every story and copyright of WordPress themes is a somewhat grey area so it’s interesting that the agency has taken time to respond to the issue on their blog.

Downing Street has issued a statement but judging by the number of blogs covering the story it isn’t going to die down that easily.

Our supplier is certain that there is no such issue concerning the new website. Again, thanks for feedback and please keep it coming.

Patrick Altoft

About Patrick Altoft

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events.

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