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Yes, it is fully legal because it is open source software and you are free to do whatever change you want.
1. Hide the links
You can hide links by using custom css option, you need to go to Appearance > Customize > Additional Css
For Twenty Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen , Sixteen, Seventeen
In additional css option, add below codes
and Save the File.
Download and Install Remove Footer Credit Plugin By Macho Themes
This plugin works perfectly for Twenty Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen and many…. you need to give it try
But you need to watch Youtube tutorial to use it.
Add below css
2. By edit footer.php file
in this method, you need to go to in wp-admin > Appearance> Editor
You need to delete some lines of codes and save file.
Just choose below themes to get further steps, so you can remove bottom bar area credit: –
For Sydney Theme
Instruction for sydney
For Swing Lite
It is created by Access Keys. it do not provide any inbuilt option to hide credit, still you can edit css code but it can give you while space issue above footer, so you should download above instructions to get further information.
For Stout and Primer
First you need to go in Appearance >> Editor >> Inc >> Functions. php
in the line 577, you need to find below codes and delete them and save functions.php file.
'<br>' . sprintf( __( 'Theme: %1$s by %2$s.', 'colormag' ), 'ColorMag', $tg_link ) . ' ' . sprintf( __( 'Powered by %s.', 'colormag' ), $wp_link )
You can download above codes to do easily.
Download above codes in notepad
If you want use easiest method then you should use this hide links method for colormag theme.