[wp-hackers] WordPress and GPLv3

Roy Schestowitz r at schestowitz.com
Sat Dec 29 12:28:06 GMT 2007

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> I tend to be of the opinion that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
> Otto, Roy, whomever:
> Can anyone give us a _specific_, _concrete_, and _compelling_ reason why
> remaining with GPL2 is BAD, or why moving to GPL3 is GOOD. 
> _Specifically_, as relates to WordPress: How is WordPress _harmed_ by
> remaining with v2, or how is it _improved_ by moving to v3.
> Beyond those questions, this is really all academic and mostly off-topic.
> Stephen
> P.S. -- I do actually find this discussion interesting when it doesn't
> degenerate into "who's being offensive"; but let's bring it back to
> Earth, and back to practicalities related to _our specific software_.

There are several hypothetical scenarios which come to mind:

	1. Patent intimidation and settlements can be used to divide
	and separate 'licensed' WP from 'unlicensed' WP.

	2. Closing of the code -- however partial it might be -- can be
	achieved through loopholes. Some examples have been mentioned in
	this thread.

	3. Developer affinity. I am aware of various developers to whom
	GPLv3 has a special appeal. It represent a step forward rather than
	complacence. Drupal can use this as a competitive advantage that
	attracts programmers and software-savvy bloggers. MT is one to
	watch out for as well.

	4. Compatibility (long-term sight). I don't know where pertinent
	packages like TinyMCE are headed, but it's worth finding out.

- --
		~~ Best of wishes

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