[wp-hackers] Plugin Licensing

Andy Charrington-Wilden andycharrington at gmail.com
Sun Mar 13 09:35:09 UTC 2011

Why not have both? 

What is it that's so disagreeable?

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On 13 Mar 2011, at 09:21, Ryan McCue <lists at rotorised.com> wrote:

> Piyush Mishra wrote:
>> Why would all contributors not agree?
>> [...]
>> The money can be used in making GSoC type internship oppurtunities, you can
>> hold free online tutorials.
>> People can be hired to complete the documentation and also to write
>> alternate WP cores for considering other possibilities and benchmarks.
>> WP can fund development of some plugins etc like BuddyPress...
>> We can have LTS versions with a closed paid group focusing on that. Core
>> plugins can be made possible etc etc etc...
>> Who would say no to that?
> I've contributed to WordPress, and I definitely wouldn't agree to it, so
> the developers would have to rewrite my code. Multiply that by all the
> developers that wouldn't agree to this (which is most of them), and
> you're essentially writing a new piece of software.
> You're missing the point of open source. Open source is more than just
> having the source code available to take. It's the ability to take that
> code, improve upon it and then contribute back to the community. I can
> take WordPress and rename it "Ryan's Awesome Blogging Software v4.2.6"
> if I want, and the GPL license affords me this ability.
> There's no reason people can't write documentation/plugins already. We
> (contributors) don't do it for the money, we do it as volunteer work. I
> profit from services I offer based on WordPress, so it's only fair to
> contribute back to the software. If you then go and close the source
> code, it means I can't contribute to the code, and if the source were
> closed, I wouldn't want to either.
> However, I'm sure someone much more eloquent than I can pipe up and give
> a better rationale about this.
> -- 
> Ryan McCue
> <http://ryanmccue.info/>
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