[resolved] Question about licensing of plug-ins (7 posts)

  1. fix22
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have a question about licensing of plug-ins for WordPress.

    If you develop a plugin and you feel it would be very valuable for people with commercial blogs then are you allowed to sell this plugin for a fee?

  2. fix22
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Can anyone assist me with this question? Thank you!

  3. Chris_K
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Although folks are encouraged to license plugins as GPL or GPL compatible (see the blurb here), my understanding is that if you wrote it, you can license it however you wish.

    I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV.

  4. fix22
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Is there anyone from the wordpress team that can confirm this for me thanks?

  5. Mark Jaquith
    WordPress Lead Dev
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You're allowed to sell GPL'd code. The unresolved question (last I heard) is whether or not plugins for WordPress must be GPL licensed.

    Some say yes, some say no, some say it depends on the level of integration.

  6. fix22
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Found some good info here:


  7. flyingkites
    Posted 7 years ago #

    WP cannot dictate the licence status of a plugin. They issued their work under GPL and so it is only the terms of GPL itself that can define what a plugin's licence should be. And even GPL cannot enforce it. If a plug-in is not GPL and someone thinks it should be, only WP can pursuse it because they are the copyright holders of WP. No-one else can.

    But let's look at WP templates. Templates are really just plugins by another name in a different WP folder. There are free templates and there are templates that cost money.

    Logic says there can be free plugins and plugins that cost money. And it should be up to the individual author to decide which route they want to go.

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