[wp-hackers] Plugin Licensing

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Tue Mar 15 12:14:01 UTC 2011

If the Plugin is released under GPL, then yes, they must release the source
(by request, to those to whom they have distributed the code) for the
encrypted bits. Otherwise, the code isn't really GPL, because downstream
users do not have the full rights granted by the license.


On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM, Piyush Mishra <me at piyushmishra.com> wrote:

One doubt that I still have is can people sell encrypted plugins? While
> selling the plugin code.
> Do they need to give the full source code(php) or is that too a matter of
> personal decision of the plugin author?
> Say someone encrypted a part or whole of their plugin with ioncube and
> added
> a check to their server for some key before the plugin can be
> decrypted/decoded and run?

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