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Plugin/theme that integrates with a must pay for service (3 posts)

  1. theninjin
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Postulate that I have a GPL compliant plugin that wraps around a service that you must pay for to use.
    Would such a plugin have any problems getting into the directory?
    Think Akismet but without the free access.
    How a about themes that work the same way?

    Can also add. What about a fully GPL compliant plugin but which comes with 30 day trial key or something for the service?
    Again what about same thing but with themes?

    Where do WordPress.org team draw the line?

  2. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 5 years ago #

    There are plenty of plugins that tie into third-party services, for example Google Adsense, and some of them have no free versions. That's totally fine as long as the plugin is totally GPL.

    I'm not sure how that would work with a theme, that seems way more user-hostile. It could still be legal under the GPL, but just like putting artwork included with a theme under a restrictive that's probably not something we'd want to promote on WordPress.org.

  3. theninjin
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thx for the quick response.
    Good to know. =) got some ideas to change in to code then.

    And when it comes to the theme thing that is just a crazy idea I have in my notes. Time will tell if it even works hehe. Wont be anything like a restricted license or such. More like the service wrapper plugin =). I'll just ask again when and if I even finish it.

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