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I have a template with the following license:

/*! 
* name of original creator - name of theme (originalcreator.com)
* Code licensed under the Apache License v2.0. 
* For details, see http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0. */
/* Global Styles */

I've modified about 50% of the CSS and 70% of the HTML, just same as I've just copied some code for my project, but actually I've made many modifications with many deletions and additions. I want to give it to my client, but what can I do?

  • Can I delete that CSS comment?
  • How can I get a license for my modifications?
  • Can I write "designed by me" in the footer?
  • I have done the same thing lately. Only 1/3rd of the original code exists and I wondered the same thing. I decided to modify the tag in the footer (or license in your case) to something like "Based upon theme x by yz with many modifications by me." That way your bases are covered. BTW- I like this question!! – closetnoc Jan 30 '15 at 0:31
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Can I delete that CSS comment?

No, it's not just a comment, it's a license and attribution notice for the original creator.

Even though you modified the original code, as I covered in my answer here, under Licensing conditions, the Apache License 2.0 states: You must retain, in the Source form of any Derivative Works that You distribute, all copyright, patent, trademark, and attribution notices from the Source form of the Work...

How can I get a license for my modifications?

Simply add a license and attribution notice like the one in your question (with your name as the "creator") to any modifications or derivative works that you wish to assign a license to. You may even add different license terms and conditions as stated here:

You may add Your own copyright statement to Your modifications and may provide additional or different license terms and conditions for use, reproduction, or distribution of Your modifications, or for any such Derivative Works as a whole...

Can I write "designed by me" in the footer?

As long as you maintain the license attributions and copyright notices in the code, you're free to add any generalized visible statements like this to your template, which many template and theme designers using third-party libraries & frameworks chose to do.

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