[wp-hackers] Premium plugin protection
chip at chipbennett.net
Sun Dec 12 20:29:04 UTC 2010
Opinions will vary, especially regarding the legal definition of "derivative
But what really matters is this point: while you may be within your legal
rights to distribute non-GPL WordPress Plugins/Themes, your legal right to
do so doesn't mean that the WordPress community has to welcome your exercise
of those rights. While I believe that Plugins do not inherently inherit the
WordPress GPL (unless a Plugin/Theme has actual incorporation of WordPress
core code), I likewise believe that the WordPress community has the right to
define its own ethos regarding the licensing of
Continuing to argue the question really is pointless. The opinion of no one
in the WordPress community - and especially those directly involved with the
Project - will change unless and/or until a case is taken to, and settled
If you choose to distribute non-GPL Plugins, do so - but understand that in
so doing, you are effectively exiling yourself from the good graces of the
And with that, I think I've used up my 16-characters' worth of
On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 5:38 AM, Andy Charrington-Wilden <
andycharrington at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ok that's what I was missing. My ignorance of gpl means I did not
> understand derivative works. Although it is still a bit grey as you say!
> I'm not sure of the relevance of the timing yourself comment....
> I think it's probably time to wrap this discussion up! I can feel a little
> tension building!
> A very interesting conversation with you all. Thank you for your help and
> I'm off to research derivative works under the gpl. Fun!
> Thanks again.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 12 Dec 2010, at 10:58, Ryan Bilesky <rbilesky at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Please correct me if I'm wrong but
> >> http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/about/
> >> Seems to imply that a plugin has to be gpl compatible to be hosted on
> >> It does not say that a plugin not hosted on .org has to be gpl
> >> Does it?
> > The GPL license states that derivative works must be GPL licensed too.
> > is a bit or a grey area though as to whether plugins and themes are
> > derivative works, the official stance is they are derivative works
> > they must be GPL licensed, but as I have mentioned before that doesn't
> > necessarily make that so, an argument can be made for plugins and themes
> > being derivative thus no requirements as to how they are licensed.
> > Plugins and themes on the WPORG repo are a diffrent thing though because
> > argree to make them GPL by submitting them, its hidden in the terms on
> > page you linked to.
> >> It seems that profiting from plugins is a bit of a taboo subject. Is
> >> because it is genuinely frowned upon by the community or because it is
> >> actually against the ethos of wordpress. Which may be the same thing.
> > idk about that, there are many premium plugins and themes avalible and
> > I don't see that such is being frowned upon.
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