Category Archives: Wordpress Licensing

GPL: This Deserves a Special Mention, II

A week ago I asked the wordpress project who to contact for source code, especially for those parts no source-code exists for in the zip- and tar-gz-files. You might wonder: Source for wordpress – it’s already there, right? So what … Continue reading

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b2/cafelog is GPL

As some of you know I’m currently in contact with Mark Jaquith, a WordPress lead developer, regarding my questions to licensing of the WordPress package. This conversation is still ongoing and started after he published an article on the WordPress … Continue reading

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WordPress Changes GPL License Text Again

Within less than a year, a wordpress core developer changed wordpress’s licensing statement again. This time it has been changed from GPL to GPL v2+. The Changeset was [17301]: WordPress contains libraries only available under the GPL v2 or later. … Continue reading

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Akismet Introduces GPL Version to WordPress (Updated 3x)

I just ran over the fact that in August 2010 Alex Shiels (tellyworth) tagged the akismet readme with “License: GPLv2″. The info left in the changelog is: * Spell out that the license is GPLv2 Well, even that this is … Continue reading

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Kses, GPL, Copyright, Licensing and Disclaimer

The current wordpress security release made me look into kses.php today. But my review ended before going over the first 10 lines already. Guess what I ran over? Jup, another wordpress GPL license violation. How did I find it? It … Continue reading

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WordPress, Copyright, Hello Dolly Lyrics, the GNU GPL and I

In the recent discussions about the Hello Dolly lyrics that are shipping with WordPress and in the plugin repository, there has been a lot of fuzz. I think it’s about time that I name why write about the issue: I’d … Continue reading

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WordPress Licensing Issues – Plugins are GPL, Right?

If you thought that the wordpress package you can download from wordpress.org is re-distributable under GPL, then you’re thinking wrong. Why do I say so? Thanks to a ticket opened by novasource, it came to my attention, that the Hello … Continue reading

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WordPress Licensing Issues – On Showing License

When it comes to the GPL wordpress front-persons Jane Wells or Matt Mullenweg do not get tired to underline the importance to spread the word about software freedom. That is generally a good thing if the information provided is correct … Continue reading

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Relicensing of IXR – The Incutio XML-RPC Library (Day 15)

The Incutio XML-RPC Library, used by WordPress, is available in a new version. It is relicensed under the GPL-compatible New BSD License now. The License of the file in wordpress has been questioned in the recent WordPress GPL, licensing and … Continue reading

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WordPress Licensing Issues – NOOP (Day 8)

Day eight was mainly reflecting and running loops. I had a long and great discussion with friends in the evening not only about licensing in wordpress but in other free software projects as well that was very insightful. That poses … Continue reading

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WordPress Licensing Issues – Summary (Week 1)

The last days were very informative, I’m learning a lot about licensing. That’s not only in general but more important from a free software perspective in specific. All those how to get things right. WordPress might look a bit as … Continue reading

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WordPress Licensing Issues – Submitting Code (Day 6) (Update 1x)

Taking care about licensing within a free software project means to care about the code that comes into the project. There are several things a project should take care of there, one of them is a clear policy for submitting … Continue reading

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WordPress Licensing Issues – Progress (Day 5)

I was not able to finish my report for day 5 in my WordPress Licensing series yesterday night, so I’ll add it this morning. My topic this time is progress. Despite the fact, that when confronted with the topic that … Continue reading

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WordPress Licensing Issues – Why I care (Day 4)

Why should I care about WordPress Code’s License Issues? This might be a question you ask yourself as well when you’re a WordPress Contributor, Theme or Plugin Developer. (Yesterday: WordPress Licensing Issues – the third day) It’s pretty simple. As … Continue reading

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WordPress Licensing Issues – the third day

Wordpress development goes on every day. At least for that part that has a committing developer. In case there is none, it gets stuck. Licensing issues only seem to be interesting in the beginning. You get comments by core developers … Continue reading

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WordPress Licensing Issues – the second 24 hours

After the first 24 hours I became aware of the unauthorized changes of WordPress licensing, the day started with some positive movement. A member of the WordPress team did revert the changes in trunk [15533] and the 3.0 branch [15534] … Continue reading

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Unauthorized changes of WordPress licensing – the first 24 hours

Circa 24 hours ago it came to my attention that the wordpress codebase was silently re-licensed some months ago (before l88 / GPL -/- after l105 / GPLv2). The copyright related licensing statement has been changed on February 28th 2010 … Continue reading

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