[wp-hackers] Copyright violations by plugin in the WordPress plugin directory.

Kimmo Suominen kimmo at global-wire.fi
Sat Jun 28 07:03:00 GMT 2008


I don't think uploading to wordpress.org does not imply GPL.  I've
uploaded a number of things to wordpress.org under the BSD license.

It is always best to explicitly declare the copyright and the license
in any code you make available to others.

Best regards,
+ Kimmo
<A HREF="http://kimmo.suominen.com/">Kimmo Suominen</A>

On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 12:47:01AM +0200, Joost de Valk wrote:
> Mike,
> while I do not include a GPL, the GPL is implicit due to my uploading it 
> to wordpress.org (I'll make sure a next version does carry a GPL btw), if 
> he did not think of it that way, he's breaking "normal" copyright, which 
> would allow me to take out his entire website with a DMCA notice (still 
> not planning on that :) ).
> And damn it, all I want is credit, nothing more, nothing less :)
> Cheers,
> Joost
> On Jun 28, 2008, at 12:39 AM, Mike Little wrote:
>> The facts are fairly simple but often missed.
>> In order to enforce the GPL someone has to own the copyright in the  
>> 'program'.
>> They should declare their copyright in the 'program'  source files,
>> and include a copy of the licence.
>> Anyone who distributes a modified version or a new work derived from
>> it is *required* to include their copyright notices and a copy of the
>> license.
>> Here are the relevant FAQs.
>> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#WhoHasThePower
>> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#IWantCredit
>> See also http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-howto.html
>> Mike
>> -- 
>> Mike Little
>> http://zed1.com/

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