WordPress for profit in my business?? (3 posts)

  1. mackaroto
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I would like to use WordPress for my start-up. Thing is, in some ways I would be distributing the WordPress software(freeware? shareware?) for a profit. I'm not outright selling it but it will come in a package that I will be selling, and it is a necessary component of that package. I'm just wondering if anyone has any insight into what legal hoops I would have to jump through to avoid infringement. Or, if this is blatantly illegal, could someone direct me to where this is stated.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Personally, I don't see that there's an issue. Even though your package contains WordPress, you'd be selling your time, expertise, ideas etc - rather than WordPress itself.

  3. mgutz
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Keep in mind since you are distributing GPL artifacts you will have to provide reasonable access to the source of your product to anyone requesting it if you modify *any* file or plugin that falls under GPLv2. See GPL2 License, Section 3. Not trying to scare, that's just the reality of viral open source licenses like the GPL.

    Now that I think about it, you are distributing the source anyway (PHP is not compiled) so you should be OK. Other companies I worked for forbid the use of any GPL software other than LGPL to avoid any legal issues.

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