[wp-hackers] Premium plugin protection
bulk at thecodecave.com
Sun Dec 12 08:14:49 UTC 2010
On 12/11/2010 9:21 PM, Andy Charrington-Wilden wrote:
> So what is your actual opinion on premium plugins and their implementation?
I'll get in early and before this turns in to a long thread that no-one
wants to read, give you mine. (Ok it was written 5 hours ago when I'd
had the sense not to hit send. At 3am its a different story)
WordPress is built upon the ideals of Open Source Software and in
greater or lesser degrees the GPL.
Creating and sharing code freely is part of the ideals of this
community. Using your own creativity to put food on the table is a
pretty fundamental right as well. The two do not need to be in conflict.
Whatever you do to monetize your creativity, you need to do it in a way
that not only obeys but respects the licenses of the tools you use. If
you don't do both, you won't garner the respect and support of the
people you'll need to make the product popular.
1. If you create a WordPress plugin that utilizes WordPress functions to
fulfill its purpose, it really should be open sourced & GPL. You can
charge to distribute it and support it & most people will respect that.
2. If you create an open source plugin that integrates a for-charge
service on your site, in my mind, that is fine too even if the plugin is
otherwise useless. However, if this is obviously just a trick to get
around GPL, it won't be respected. Besides if it isn't just a trick to
get around the GPL, you'd be silly not to have an API with a Joomla and
Drupal interface for your product as well.
3. (This is the one I've been struggling with) If you create a script
for closed source program, one where charging for such scripts is the
norm, and that add-on makes integration and utilization of WordPress
easier and doesn't call any WordPress code to do it, you have a gray
area that is up to your own standing on software distribution.
Personally, I think I think that it's OK as closed source, for sale
product- yet it just kinda feels wrong... I've held off on releasing
something like this as I'm not convinced of whether it is disrespectful
and meanwhile others have already released their identical products for
sale. So - I'm not sure where my ambiguity has gotten me.
That's where *I* stand on these things. It's more about white hat
behavior than whether you might get contacted/sued over a violation of
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