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GNU Violation (5 posts)

  1. undextrois
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hello people
    what are your thoughts about blogging companies that use WordPress as its core and don’t say it outright
    (and who even sell their blogging services), such as http://www.i.ph ( calliope product )?

    Is Automattic going to go after them for violation of GPL?

    cheers,

  2. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 6 years ago #

    How, exactly, are they violating the GPL?

    I don't think the GPL says what you think the GPL says.

  3. undextrois
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    portions of the wordpress core can be seen on i.ph

  4. I don't think the GPL says what you think the GPL says.

    I'm thinking of a scene from The Princess Bride...

    Undextrois, the GPL covers the distribution of software and modifications of that software. If i.ph modifies WordPress and distributes it without sharing or making publicaly available the source code including those modifications then they would be violating the GPL.

    Building their services (I have not looked at i.ph) on top of WordPress.org's software and not attributing it to WordPress does not violate the license.

    It would be nice if they added a "Built with WordPress" on their site but not doing so is still okay with the GPL.

  5. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Building their services (I have not looked at i.ph) on top of WordPress.org's software and not attributing it to WordPress does not violate the license.

    True. And there is a version specifically for just that sort of thing too.
    http://mu.wordpress.org

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