[theme-reviewers] GPL and limiting usage

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Fri Sep 20 19:56:56 UTC 2013

There's nothing inherently wrong with subscription models. Subscription
models are perfectly fine for support, for SaaS (like Akismet), and the

But requiring a subscription to continue to use already-distributed code is
a usage restriction, and not GPL-compatible.

On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM, Bryan Hadaway <bhadaway at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Because, I'm going to bang on pots and pans until you actually
> acknowledge
> > that the horse ever even existed. The issue isn't contained within the
> walls
> > of the theme's code, it's a licensing issue that has not changed just
> > because a new version of the theme was uploaded.
> In my view, the issue existed in the theme, up until they moved the
> problem code to a plugin on their own site. And I'm kind of okay with
> that.
> So as far as I'm concerned, the issue is not an issue anymore.
> Now, as I see it, you're wanting to create a whole new issue, one
> where now we impose even more strict guidelines on theme authors. As
> near as I can tell, you essentially want the theme review team to say
> that subscription models are unacceptable. Well, call me crazy, but I
> don't think that's a really good idea.
> If you want to fine-pick the nitty gritty details and go "oh-noes
> they're selling code that actually checks for subscriptions", well I'm
> going to say that checking for subscriptions really doesn't bother me
> too awful much, as long as the code to do so ain't on WordPress.org.
> So yeah. That's my viewpoint. I don't much care whether they have a
> subscription model or not for their own code that is being sold from
> their own site. My 2 cents.
> -Otto
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