[wp-hackers] anyone looked at Chameleon closely?
angsuman at taragana.com
Wed Jun 7 12:22:17 GMT 2006
> Many would argue that plugins are a derived work of WP and must use a GPL compatible license
derivative work is defined in copyright act. You can check it for yourself. By any stretch of definition plugins do not come under it.
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> This also gives you the best feel good karma since you are extending something on the same terms that it was given to you.
I disagree :) Plugins are plugin author's work. He may or may not feel the same generosity as the software author himself. It is karma as is any work but by no stretch of definition bad karma.
> GPL compatibility of plugins/modules is always a great topic for heating up mailing lists. :-)
You bet :)
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Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] anyone looked at Chameleon closely?
Angsuman Chakraborty wrote:
>> Okay. NOW, is the plugin GPL?
> WordPress Plugins are not covered under GPL, if they do not explicitly decide to cover it under GPL (or variants).
> There was some discussion on this thread:
> I have tried to collate all the information here.
Many would argue that plugins are a derived work of WP and must use a
GPL compatible license since we don't have an API exception spelled out.
Note that Creative Commons licenses are not GPL compatible and not
usually recommended for source code licensing. There are many opinions
on the matter though. The safest thing is to GPL your plugins since WP
itself is GPLed. This also gives you the best feel good karma since you
are extending something on the same terms that it was given to you. I
personally don't bother with plugins that aren't GPL and won't integrate
any of their code into WP so as to avoid license taint. I don't get all
hot and bothered about the licensing though. I'll leave that to others.
GPL compatibility of plugins/modules is always a great topic for
heating up mailing lists. :-)
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