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When preparing slides for a WordCampWordCampWordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. talk, speakers have free reign to design them however they wish within the following guides:
The WordCamp Code of Conduct outlines how to behave at a WordCamp, and we expect speakers to follow this guide in their slide decks as well. This means that slides should be respectful, not include demeaning, discriminatory or harassing content, and be family friendly (i.e. no foul language, nudity or other inappropriate content).
Speakers are allowed to include their company logo in their slides, but only in an optional opening/closing informational slide and not throughout the presentation. This is fine even if their company is not a sponsor of the event. Similarly, a speaker can wear clothing with their company logo on it, even if their company is not a sponsor.
For the sake of clarity, “logo” here includes company social media handles and even the company name written out in plain text in lieu of a logo.
WordCamp speakers are chosen based on their knowledge and experience as individuals and not their company affiliation, and company promotion throughout a slide deck suggests that the opposite is true. An informational slide with the speaker’s company makes sense as information about who is speaking, but the rest of the slide deck should be dedicated to the content being presented.
All talks (and slide decks) must respect the GPLGPLGPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing https://wordpress.org/about/license/. The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html. This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples.. In practice, this means any WordPress plugins or themes that are mentioned must be licenced under the GPL or a compatible licence. For more information, read our GPL Primer and go through the 100% GPL Vetting Checklist.