[wp-hackers] Update of non GPL-Plugins (was Plugin licenses)

Mark R mark at automattic.com
Fri Oct 24 12:33:37 GMT 2008

> On 24 Oct 2008, at 10:24, Viper007Bond wrote:
>> Whether a plugin has to be GPL or not is open for debate (I'm not a
>> lawyer) and it's the same issue with premium themes.
>> However if you want to host a plugin on WP.org, yes, it HAS to be GPL
>> compatible. It'll be removed from WP.org once someone who can do it
>> sees this e-mail.
>> http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/about/
>> On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 1:20 AM, Joost de Valk <joost at yoast.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> as far as I understand it, all plugins on WordPress.org have to be
>>> GPL -
>>> compatible right?
>>> This plugin though:
>>> http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/featplug/
>>> Says in the license on the authors homepage, found here:
>>> http://featplug.huseyinuslu.net/#licence
>>> "Featplug is free for non-commercial use. For commercial usage and
>>> redistribution with commercial packages please contact the author."
>>> That is not entirely GPL compatible...
>>> How does Automattic handle such cases?

The plugin has been removed.

Plugins are generally checked and where there is doubt the author will
be emailed at the time of submission.

As for hidden plugins I really cannot see why that would be desirable.


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