If you will not play by the rules of Wordpress then don't play it. Go ahead and make youself a cms and put on it whichever licence you want. Thesis theme is just using popularity of Wordpress to earn money, taking from community and not giving anything back.
I use WP mostly because its options and usability not because certain theme is out there.
Remember if there is no Wordpress there would no be popular themes like Thesis, and if there is no Thesis there would still be Wordpress and community around it.
Aren't most people getting around these limitations of the GPL by charging memberships to their web sites, which is where people download the GPL themes. So, the themes are free, but the download is not?
This only works well, of course, if you also provide support and regular updates.
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Dunno, I paid for one a day or two before this thread started. On the bright side it's a nice piece of work, and IMO worth what it cost.
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btw main problems for developers of themes who want to exploit wordpress popularity to make money are sites like this
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