A small reminder that if you’re using the popular Boostrap framework for your WordPress Themes that you include the right licensing details in your license details. This was brought up by Chip Bennett related to Apache and GPL compatibility, although it’s worth noting that Bootstrap is moving to MIT license. We use Bootstrap here on WP Daily as a child theme off Standard Theme so this applies to us as well.
Envato has announced a subset report of the GPL licensing survey that they created a little while back to help discover whether or not the authors within their marketplace were interested in the licensing structure changes that may be made available to them in light of current events and discussions (see here, here, and here). Last month there was some online discussion around full GPL licensing and the Envato Marketplaces. It started when one of our TF authors was barred from supporting, speaking at and volunteering at WordCamps because he was selling on ThemeForest. While ThemeForest themes sell with a […]
The Creative Market, a very neat looking marketplace that has a very Etsy-like feel to it, has announced that they are in full compliance with the GPL moving from their original single license called SimpleLicense. But it wasn’t GPL compatible which had lead to some changes: But we also recognize that not all products on Creative Market are alike, especially when it comes to WordPress themes. That’s why starting today, all WordPress themes sold on Creative Market will come with a 100% GPL license. WordPress itself was built on (and would not have been possible without) the GPL license, which works to ensure rights […]
Remember that survey that Collis from Envato teased out a few weeks ago about the GPL? It’s live. This is all the news that you need today. Head there now and make sure you let others know! Anxious to see how this survey turns out!
We’re gearing up for an incredible WordCamp here in Atlanta and because I’m part of the organizing team I have to review nearly everything that goes into making this thing “work” – and it’s a lot of work, believe you me! But it’s an incredible amount of fun and I’m having a blast with Judi Knight, Carel Bekker, and Russell Fair as we build this thing together with a lot of community help. One of the things that has been interesting in the launch of WordCamp is the adherence to the GPL – which we all know has recently caused a […]
There’s been a lot of confusion surrounding Automattic Inc., the WordPress Foundation, WordPress.org/WordPress.com and everything else in between. So much so that most people unfortunately use all of it interchangeably which is the wrong thing to do. I want to clearly state that there are distinct differences between all of them and that it’s worth knowing what you’re talking about when you start jumping into the muddy waters that is licensing, the GPL, ownership, and developing a WordPress-centric business. At the center of all of this is really the WordPress Foundation so by establishing this we can clearly take a look […]
We’ve gotten a lot of tweets and emails via our contact form in the last week about the overarching GPL debate created recently that has clearly shown that for many this appears to be an entirely new issue which many of us know to be not true. For context and for helping out a lot of people with similar questions I just wanted to clearly state what I’ve been answering a number of people who have asked essentially: “What the heck is going on?!?” @wpdailyco Hey Guys, can you helps us newbies who use Envato to purchase themes understand what the heck is […]
On the weekend I got some time to tune into the WPCandy podcast with host Ryan Imel and guest Jake Caputo. They discussed the recent blackball post and jokingly refer to Jake, who is an Envato Elite author, as surely having access to a magic red button that he can press to “make things happen”. I wish we did have this feature! Elite authors like Jake, after all, are the lifeblood of ThemeForest. It’s been an interesting week with those posts, all the many comments, as well as lively discussion threads on ThemeForest itself. And it’s been a timely one […]
Of course there’s a lot of pressure right now on making sure that the GPL issues around Envato and WordPress are enforced, or at least that the things being said are aligned with actual action and one such confusing example is Obox and their apparent distribution of their Gigawatt Theme. As mentioned by @ChrisWallace, what exactly is the ruling here? Yo @wordpressdotcom you got some GPL problems!WordPress.com: theme.wordpress.com/themes/gigawat… ThemeForest: themeforest.net/item/gigawatt-… — Chris Wallace (@chriswallace) January 24, 2013 The proof of the issue, as they say, is in the pudding:
Probably the number one question right now considering the increased interest in the GPL is what license Habari is. That’s easy, as it’s the Apache License. It’s worth noting that the Free Software Foundation considers the Apache License, Version 2.0 to be a free software license, compatible with version 3 of the GPL as well. But what does this really mean? It means that the ASL makes no (zip, zilch, nada) restrictions for works that are released: Derivative Works shall not include works that remain separable from, or merely link (or bind by name) to the interfaces of, the Work and Derivative Works thereof. Historically it’s been argued that links to […]