1. Philip L Franckel

    It may be time to start looking for another CMS. I’m a lawyer and don’t even understand all the licensing issues and certainly don’t have time to read and research license agreements. I have long avoided using Code Canyon scripts because of their insanely complicated license agreements.

    I have no interest in trying to understand MPL and how it will affect my 50 or so WordPress sites.


    • Justin Tadlock

      I am not a lawyer and understand most of the licensing issues. I was able to read and grasp the MPL in a few minutes. Given your background, I think you should have no issues with it.

      If you are not contributing code to Gutenberg or building a third-party app that bundles it, you can just go about your day as if nothing is changing. If switching to a different CMS, you will need to understand whatever license it is under too.


  2. Miriam Schwab

    The communication around GPL from the inception of WP has been that it’s the most ideal license for the project and must be strictly upheld to protect its freedoms. Anything that even slightly touches WP, or refers to WP code in some way, must be GPL. No exceptions or flexibility allowed or tolerated whatsoever. It can be a challenging license, but it makes sense, and we all have learned to embrace it as part of WordPress’ DNA.

    And now a major new component that is touted as the future of WP may get a whole other license? Apparently there’s a business need, but no other business needs have ever been considered, not even slightly (as far as I know).

    And with all due respect to mobile apps (some of my best tools are mobile apps 🙂), how is that the ultimate business need that is succeeding in pushing WP in another direction? I have a feeling that there are a zillion other business needs that would benefit from a different license, but no one has cared about that.

    I’m not saying I’m against this move. It just feels like a drastic about-face after years of effort and messaging and enforcement around upholding GPL down to the tiniest details 🤷🏻‍♀️.


  3. Isabel

    Any free volunteers (I say free because some are paid to “volunteer” on WP) should put much thought in deciding if its still worth contributing free time to a codebase that may soon be allowed to be proprietary for someone to profit off of.


  4. Paul Zagoridis

    The GPL battles of old gave us fremium plugins (and themes & page builders). If your plugin wasn’t GPL it wasn’t listed on WordPress.org. Tough luck if it was good or useful.

    When the history of WP is written the watering down of the GPL requirement will mark the sunset of WP’s place in the sun.

    If Gutenburg is the future of WP, then the GPL must stay at the centre.Pa


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