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[resolved] Plugin question (8 posts)

  1. AdamGold
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi, I have a question which I am not sure it belongs here but I didn't find anywhere else to post it.
    I developed a plugin and sold it in a marketplace something like 4-5 times. Now, I deleted it from the marketplace and I want wordpress to host it for me (I want to give it for free). Is this allowed? To sell something and then give it for free?

    Thanks!

  2. mrmist
    Forum Janitor
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Well, it's your plugin, so I don't see why not.

  3. AdamGold
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi mrmist, Thanks for the quick reply. The reason is that 4-5 people already purchased it and now it is out for free, is it ok?

    by the way, what does wordpress means by GPL compatible? My ZIP contained the plugin files and a help file (which is HTML styled). Is it ok?

    Thank you very much.

  4. Saildude
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I personally don't see a problem with you putting any of your work in the public domain, however if I was one of the 4 or 5 that paid for the same thing I might be a bit bent that I paid for something that is now freely distributed, even if you added as many people do, a "Donate if this was helpful" buttons.

  5. AdamGold
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    So what do you suggest? Not giving away the item?
    If so, how can I delete it from the queue?

  6. cubecolour
    ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm afraid I don't share Saildude's view about being bent out of shape - sorry Saildude. If I paid for a plugin which was subseqently distributed via the repository, I'd be pleased to have helped it's development and I'd hope that others would feel like making an equivalent donation if they find it useful.

    If the licence is GPL (or GPL compatible) then it isn't a problem. The people who have previously purchased the plugin shouldn't mind that more people wil be using it should they?

    Even if they did mind - you're free to do with it as you like. More people using it may mean more input from other users on how to improve future versions - which benefits everyone.

    Other people using it doesn't take away from the people who purchased it. They made an informed purchasing decision when it was a paid-only plugin. They have had a head start in using it. Maybe you'll offer them priority support or access to future beta versions before they're available to people who have not paid?

    Maybe give the people who paid a namecheck in the readme file?

    Out of interest, what is the plugin - if you don't mind me asking?

  7. mrmist
    Forum Janitor
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Indeed, I think it's perfectly valid to give something away after it's been purchased. If folk were willing to buy it when it was for sale, then that's what it was worth to them at the time, that doesn't hold you to selling it at that price forever. Go forth and distribute!

  8. AdamGold
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you very much guys, much appreciated. :)

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