Credits on a forked version of my plugin (2 posts)

  1. Hpatoio
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hello, I'm a plugin developer.

    One of my plugin was takend by another developer and modified/update. Nothing wrong this ... it's the open source :D

    The point is that even if the author of this "new" plugin admitted to have forked mine he doesn't want to give credits to me.

    So, I'm just wondering: is he obliged to do this ? In which term ? I mean, he can just write one comment somewhere in the code or he must put it where the meta data about the plugin are ?



  2. Brandon Kraft
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Assuming your plugin was released GPL, you should still be given credit.

    From http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#IWantCredit :

    I want to get credit for my work. I want people to know what I wrote. Can I still get credit if I use the GPL? (#IWantCredit)
    You can certainly get credit for the work. Part of releasing a program under the GPL is writing a copyright notice in your own name (assuming you are the copyright holder). The GPL requires all copies to carry an appropriate copyright notice.

    So, for example, the WordPress license ( http://core.trac.wordpress.org/browser/trunk/license.txt ), you can see how copyright acknowledge is still given to b2 (what WP was formed from 10 years ago).

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