[wp-hackers] Plugin License Excluding Spam

Glenn Ansley glenn at glennansley.com
Fri Oct 23 12:20:51 UTC 2009

I doubt the license will restrict it from being used for spam
anyway... unless you're planning on taking a lot of people to court
next year :)

Glenn Ansley

On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 8:00 AM, Chuck Peters <cp at ccil.org> wrote:
> We have been using a modified version of WP-Digest (1) for our newsletter
> (2) and due to various issues I am in the process of rewriting the
> newsletter code from scratch.  I have been thinking about creating a plugin,
> but the last thing I need is our site getting associated with spamers.
> I would prefer to use the GPL3, but I need some CYA against those spaming
> criminals/jerks. Ignoring the issue of how effective a deterrent a software
> license would be to spamers, can I add restrictions against spaming
> (including specific damages fees) to one of the GPL compatible licenses?
> Which license would allow me to make the extra restrictions?
> I don't think the GPL 2 or 3 would allow me to make these kind of
> restrictions against spamers.  So if I can't restrict it from being used for
> spam I am not likely to release it as a plugin.
> Thanks,
> Chuck
> 1. WP-Digest is not really a plugin
> http://birdhouse.org/software/2006/12/wp-digest/.  It runs via cron and uses
> php and lynx to format the newsletter and sends out the posts via phpmailer.
>  If no new posts are found it send out the past 3 posts...
> 2. We run wordpress and the modified WP-Digest and posts are used to create
> a newsletter template which we manually edit and send to our site running
> mailman.  No lynx, phpmailer or cron is used.  We also use procmail, php,
> sed and bash to create a php page of the current newsletter.
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