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  • 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.

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  • esmi


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    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.

    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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