[kwlug-disc] Wordpress themes must be GPL
hyperflexed at gmail.com
Mon Jul 26 14:03:04 EDT 2010
On 07/26/2010 01:47 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM, Johnny Ferguson <hyperflexed at gmail.com
> <mailto:hyperflexed at gmail.com>> wrote:
> But, to Paul's point: How do developers put food on the table?
> I got into this debate with someone on another mailing list, and I
> now wonder the same question. I think the short answer is they can't
> (or they have to do something free to establish an opportunity to
> potentially provide extended service which others could very well
> Sure they can!
> Just not by the older model of selling copies of software they wrote.
> They can do support, consulting, hosting, training, extensions, or what
> have you.
as can everyone else with the code being GPL which was the point I tried
I guess as an example:
1. Team X creates WebWidget5000, spending $4000
2. Team X creates WW5000 Support Premium
3. Team Y comes along and undercuts WW5000 Support Premium
4. Team X is very sad
5. Team Y laughs mischievously
I suppose whether GPL or Proprietary, the same scenario could occur, but
with proprietary, Team Y would have to have some kind of magical powers.
I just think the GPL has potential to make it difficult selling extended
This is purely from theory. I've never made a massive GPL app or tried
to sell support licenses. Any counterexamples would be welcome.
> Just not burn CDs and sell them for $99 each as a business model.
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