[wp-hackers] Alternative Licences for WP Plugins?

Mark Jaquith mark.wordpress at txfx.net
Fri Jan 13 02:05:01 GMT 2006

On Jan 12, 2006, at 4:33 PM, Jamie Talbot wrote:

> As far as I know, the GPL does allow them to sell it, but also  
> requires
> them to release the code under the same license, which means you  
> should
> always be able to get it for free.


> If I distribute GPL'd software for a fee, am I required to also  
> make it available to the public without a charge?
>     No. However, if someone pays your fee and gets a copy, the GPL  
> gives them the freedom to release it to the public, with or without  
> a fee. For example, someone could pay your fee, and then put her  
> copy on a web site for the general public.


> The GPL does not require you to release your modified version. You  
> are free to make modifications and use them privately, without ever  
> releasing them. This applies to organizations (including  
> companies), too; an organization can make a modified version and  
> use it internally without ever releasing it outside the organization.
> But if you release the modified version to the public in some way,  
> the GPL requires you to make the modified source code available to  
> the program's users, under the GPL.
> Thus, the GPL gives permission to release the modified program in  
> certain ways, and not in other ways; but the decision of whether to  
> release it is up to you.

Of course, it only takes one person to bite the bullet and buy it and  
redistribute it.

Mark Jaquith

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