Although you might know that WordPress is GPL-licenced, you might not be aware of what the licence actually consists of and how it affects us as users and developers.
The most common question asked is whether the GPL licence is bad business for a theme or plugin developer. This is not the case. First of all, you can find most proprietary software shared on pirate sites anyway, so it is very dubious that using a copyright will protect your plugin/theme from getting shared illegally. Secondly, you are offering more than the actual plugin/theme code to a customer. You are offering support, among other things. This post about the GPL by Mark Jaquith is a real eye opener and explains the effects of the GPL very clearly in non-technical terms (check out the FAQ section).
What do you think? Do you have any questions about the GPL? Has it ever affected the way you work? Let us know in the comments below.
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