plugin licensing was( Re: [wp-hackers] Plugin author stats )

Lloyd D Budd lloydomattic at
Tue Oct 24 19:11:26 GMT 2006

On 10/24/06, David Chait <davebytes at> wrote:
> From: "Lloyd D Budd" <lloydomattic at>
> > On 10/24/06, David Chait <davebytes at> wrote:

> >> I'm on the verge of either dropping support of many of my plugins or
> >> needing
> >> to do commercial licenses for people with money-making (i.e., commercial)
> >> websites.  I'm glad WP is GPL, I'm fine with the fact that Matt has a
> >> company making money off this project (and offshoots, not all of which
> >> are
> >> open source...), but GPL doesn't work for me.  A dual-license scheme
> >> would
> >> potentially work, though admittedly I've never really looked into it.
> >
> > Depending on how your plugin interacts with WP core, all its licenses
> > would have to be GPL compatible, if you wish to distribute it.
> ...and depending on your reading of the GPL.  As there's been numerous
> threads on that topic, I don't want to kick off another.. ;)

I have seen some of those threads, and there is less interpretation
and ambiguity than some people like to acknowledge. Is there a legal
imperative? No, because the harm is never likely to be significant

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