Rosalind - 9:03 am on May 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
It'll be very interesting to see the fallout from this change on free theme designers. Is the web about to get uglier as designers pull access to their own themes and companies stop paying to sponsor them?
It's one thing for Google to have this policy in place since 2007, but now they can enforce it algorithmically people will sit up and take notice. This doesn't just apply to WordPress themes, it could hit anything that's released for free and previously subsidised through higher Google rankings.