[wp-hackers] Premium plugin protection

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I'm biased, I run a hosting company that only does WordPress hosting, so
I don't think there's anything wrong with it :).

People have been bottling water and charging for it for a few centuries
(contrary to popular belief that bottled water is something new).

The people who are paying you, is because they choose to, as long as you
don't cut off people who want to do it for free, you're ethically fine..
as long as you don't rename it to JealousPress or something, you should
also have no problem sleeping at night.

We offer WordPress hosting, and on top of that some of the stuff we've
built around WordPress from a hosting standpoint, we put on github
(provisioning stuff)..

Our competitors can use our own code against us, we welcome it.

All our customers know that WordPress is free, we actually use that as a
selling point, the number of agencies that tie people into some
proprietary crap cms is amazing..

Think of us like the RedHat of WordPress, we have our own stuff, that
you can download and use yourself, or you can host with us, and we
support our own stuff..

Anyway, this is starting to sound more of a rant.. so.. I'm gonna
stop. But, you should not have any trouble sleeping at night :)

Andy Charrington-Wilden wrote:
> I agree. Selling support is certainly a great way of doing it. 
> I had considered having key code on a remote server but wondered if that went against the 'ethos' of wordpress as a community? 
> Do you think profiting (or trying to) by utilising the wordpress platform is immoral or wrong in anyway? Not in terms of being paid to develop or design for wordpress. But in the sense that we can build something on top of the platform that we then charge for?
> Andy
> Jealous Designs
> Website: jealousdesigns.co.uk
> Portfolio: jealousdesigns.co.uk/portfolio
> Phone: 07903030008
> Twitter: _a_n_d_y
> Skype: andycharrington 
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 11 Dec 2010, at 23:40, Chris Williams <chris at clwill.com> wrote:
>> Excellent suggestion.
>> Or make the plugin access your servers for the key essential code, and control that access.
>> In short, anything you put on someone else's computer can be stolen.
>> ________________________________
>> From: scribu <mail at scribu.net>
>> Don't sell code, sell support around the code. Simple as that (or not).
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