[kwlug-disc] Wordpress themes must be GPL

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Mon Jul 26 20:10:38 EDT 2010

>> But when you move to stuff that is interpreted and shares process space
>> (e.g.
>> Wordpress or Drupal interpreted via PHP which runs inside Apache), things
>> get more interesting. Is your module or theme "derived work"?
> Linus made it blatantly clear that modules (code which links to the
kernel) do
> not have to be GPL.

Last I heard was that he was saying kernel modules that were not ports from
another operating system are Linux derived work, and hence GPL.

If he has changed his stance, then I must have missed it.

> It appears that Wordpress and Drupal need to make very
> clear statements as well.  It seems that Wordpress has, and that's what
> whole thread was about. :-)

I can't speak for Wordpress, but Drupal is clear about it:

Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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