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J Shortcodes Plugin License? (10 posts)

  1. chaseman
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm developing a WordPress theme currently and I'd like to implement the options of shortcoes and instead of hard coding it destructively into the theme so a lock-in effect happens, which means the user can not switch themes anymore because of the shortcode in the text, I'd rather want to bundle my theme with a shortcode plugin so everything is non-destructive and the user can still switch themes.

    I've found this shortcode plugin called j shortcode: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/j-shortcodes/

    And now I'm wondering what is the license for it, and would it be legal from the plugin creators perspective if I would simply bundle it with my theme which I intend to sell? Of course, I'd be giving credit to the plugin creator.

    Any suggestions?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    In theory, the plugin is GPL by reason of it being within the Plugin Repository - which means you are free to re-use or distribute the code in any way that you want. But I'd still suggest contacting the plugin author(s): http://www.jshortcodes.com/contact/

    It's the polite thing to do. :-)

  3. gesman
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hmm - not exactly GPL is it? An attribution in the code I could understand but insisting on a footer credit...

  5. chaseman
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    esmi, that's the question, is it a must or is it rather a "I'd appreciate if you put a link in the footer".

    Though, I'm thankful that I don't have to re-invent the wheel, so I'll end up putting a link in the footer and I'll probably put links to the other plugins I'm going to use as well, just to be fair.

    I also hope that this encourages other theme developers to do the same. Hard coding shortcodes into the theme itself only harms the community, this has to change.

  6. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hmm - not exactly GPL is it? An attribution in the code I could understand but insisting on a footer credit...

    ...in which by "not exactly GPL", esmi actually means not even close to being GPL-compatible.

    You should let the developer know that this use-restriction is not compatible with the GPL, and Plugins hosted in the WordPress Plugin Repository are required to be released under GPL-compatible licenses.

    EDIT: whoops; I see that the developer responded here in this thread.

    @gesman: that use restriction is not GPL-compatible. Is the Plugin released under a GPL-compatible license, or not?

  7. gesman
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes, GPL of course.

  8. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes, GPL of course.

    So, what of this?

    I don't mind for you to include J-shortcodes into commercial theme, as long as you'll put visible do-followed attribution link to the footer of your theme in the following format:
    Code:
    <a href="http://www.jshortcodes.com">Powered by wordpress shortcodes plugin</a>

    Because requiring a public-facing attribution link is not GPL-compatible.

  9. gesman
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Well, then i guess whatever GPL says is the ultimate truth.

  10. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Cool :-) FWIW, I personally think that a modest credit in the Admin area (either in the Theme description or on the Theme's options page) would be the Polite Thing to do.

    @gesman: From your pov, that would place the credit where it would do most good for you - in front of site owners and developers.

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