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  • 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?

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  • esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    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. 🙂

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

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

    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.

    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?

    Yes, GPL of course.

    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.

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

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    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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