[wp-hackers] Plugin Licenses

Computer Guru computerguru at neosmart.net
Fri Mar 16 09:59:27 GMT 2007

I'm not saying I agree with the FSF (they love to make a big deal out of
everything, and take all things way out of proportion), but assuming that
you agree with their view on WP Plugin Licenses, does that actually also
apply to the themes? I'd think that's a separate process altogether...

If it does, then that's mixed news: People using those themes can now do the
same thing they do to the default blogroll: throw it away.

On the other hand, this means that you can't legally require someone you
hired to theme up your website NOT to release his work again for free.....
Kinda makes a "original" design impossible. 

Computer Guru
NeoSmart Technologies

> -----Original Message-----
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> bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of Jeremy Visser
> Sent: Friday, March 16, 2007 11:59 AM
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Plugin Licenses
> Matt Mullenweg wrote:
> > The opinion of the FSF is that distributed plugins for WordPress also
> > fall under the GPL:
> >
> > http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#GPLAndPlugins
> If true, that would give people who use those themes with the
> requirement that they keep the spam link at the bottom the right to
> remove it, as the custom license would be invalidated.
> --
> Jeremy Visser
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