[kwlug-disc] Wordpress themes must be GPL
Insurance Squared Inc.
gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Sat Jul 24 17:38:18 EDT 2010
GPL just streamrolled right over a commercial application.
Background: Most folks here know wordpress as a content management
system/blogging platform. Chris Pearson created a paid theme called
'Thesis' and promoted the heck out of it, right down to affiliate
marketing. By all accounts he was wildly financially successful. The
thesis 'theme' is actually a combination theme, toolset, and theme
development package. I personally bought and use the 'developer'
license of the Thesis theme.
The folks at wordpress got into a twitter/interview/blogosphere argument
with the developer of this theme, suggesting that because of the theme's
association with wordpress, which is GPL, that therefore the theme must
also be GPL (instead of $89 or whatever it was that he was charging. I
think I paid $150).
Long story short, the thesis theme is now effectively GPL. Some
articles on this:
Interesting application of the GPL forcing someone to release code from
a very profitable business model. Also this may stifle some creativity
in wordpress themes - one of the reasons many people use wordpress
instead of better CMS's like drupal. Which is ironic, since wordpress
forced this issue and it may end up harming them.
Actually - actually! This may be good news. Because now someone can
port this over to drupal (something I've actually wanted) and I can get
rid of the tech nightmare that is wordpress.
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