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  • Resolved garymgordon

    (@garymgordon)



    Why was M Chart (plugin) closed?
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/m-chart/

    The developer said it wasn’t closed by his request so I was curious why WordPress removed it from the plugin directory (without any explanation beyond “This plugin was closed on February 26, 2018 and is no longer available for download. Reason: Licensing/Trademark Violation.”)

    I’m curious if this information, regarding “licensing and trademark” was passed over to the developer. It just seems that he is unaware of the reason for the plugin being closed.

    Can you provide any further details as to what license and/or trademark violation was infringed upon? What was the problem (in detail). I’d be happy to notify the developer.

    Thanks,
    Gary Gordon

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  • You won’t be getting any answer for this, as it’s policy to only notify the plugin author. They are working on making the plugin page more useful for closed plugins, but it hasn’t gotten into code yet.
    Rest assured that the author was notified, although the email might have gone into the spam bucket or something.

    Joy,

    Ok. Thanks.

    Gary

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    It just seems that he is unaware of the reason for the plugin being closed.

    The author is well aware of why the plugin was closed, and did in fact exchange emails with us on this matter 4 months ago.

    Since this is a simple licensing issue, I have no problem sharing the information. The plugin uses the Highcharts library, which is not licensed under a GPL-Compatible license.

    Specifically, the Highcharts library is available using the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 license. This is a non-free license which prevents it from being included in plugins on this site, because of the “Non-Commercial” part.

    If the author replaces the Highcharts library with something else, then the plugin could be relisted.

    Totally late to the conversation. But I never meant to imply I wasn’t aware why M Chart got delisted. If I did imply that it was unintentional.

    As Samuel says it was due to Highchart’s license which is “free” for non commercial use and not for commercial use.

    In any case I’ve rewritten the plugin to use Chart.js by default and it’s been re-listed. You can still use Highcharts with it and indeed that’s still the better way to use the plugin honestly but it requires installing an additional plugin that isn’t listed on WordPress.org.

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