As a reminder: The wordpress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ directory contains only themes which are considered 100% GPL or GPL compatible. This includes making sure both the code and all of the bundled assets are compatible.
A few days ago, Pixabay Updated their license.
In the Pixabay Licence they mentioned:
Do not redistribute images or videos on other stock photo or wallpaper platforms.
One of the things it means when you use the GPL GPL 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. licence is that your are sharing your theme with the explicit rights to redistribute copies. The clause in the Pixabay Licence prevents free distribution of the images and as such it is not in the spirit of the freedoms that the GPL grants.
Other Options for Images
It would be preferable if images bundled with themes are shared under the CC0 licence – however other GPL compatible licences may also be used.
We have a list of recommended website from where you can use images if you need help finding sites that offer images with GPL compatible licences.
You can always join themereview channel and ask your queries there.
Please leave a comment below if you have anything to say regarding this. If you have any idea about the CCO compatible license website, comment below. So that we can suggest them.