[wp-hackers] On Submitting Code

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Tue Aug 31 20:28:28 UTC 2010

On Aug 31, 2010, at 4:18 PM, Ryan Bilesky wrote:
> Just to clarify I'm not trying to shoot down GPL or anything. I personally
> would license my works under GPL, I just think that its not a "legal
> requirement".  In fact I have found many sites distributing wordpress themes
> not under GPL license, but creative commons license (not sure if that would
> be considered GPL compatible but my initial guess would be no)

And to clarify too, I also support the GPL (in general).  I would and do plan to license plugins I implement as GPL but honestly I would like the option to not have to, especially for selected vertical markets. For example if I wrote a plugin for option's traders I might want to keep that closed source given it's a vertical,  it's a vertical where the end users make lots of money and have no issue whatsoever with paying for things, and where being able to fund service and support would benefit both the end users and the organization selling to those end users.  

If OTOH I write a generic post metabox fields plugin (which I am doing) that practically everyone could benefit from I would/will definitely license it as GPL.



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