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chrismccoy says

got a question for you guys.

say you buy a premium plugin thats GPL and uses a plugin framework included in that plugin, can you use this framework in plugins you code and release for free?

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wptitans says
chrismccoy said
got a question for you guys. say you buy a premium plugin thats GPL and uses a plugin framework included in that plugin, can you use this framework in plugins you code and release for free?

If i’m not mistaken only php code is GPL , images, css and such not. We wouldn’t be happy if this is done with our files :D

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chrismccoy says
wptitans said
chrismccoy said
got a question for you guys. say you buy a premium plugin thats GPL and uses a plugin framework included in that plugin, can you use this framework in plugins you code and release for free?
If i’m not mistaken only php code is GPL , images, css and such not. We wouldn’t be happy if this is done with our files :D

the framework itself is just php code, not images or css.

(just a php class)

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wptitans says
chrismccoy said
wptitans said
chrismccoy said
got a question for you guys. say you buy a premium plugin thats GPL and uses a plugin framework included in that plugin, can you use this framework in plugins you code and release for free?
If i’m not mistaken only php code is GPL , images, css and such not. We wouldn’t be happy if this is done with our files :D

the framework itself is just php code, not images or css.

(just a php class)

Well, php code is gpl but to be sure ask envato support or a mod for clarification.

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agusmu says
chrismccoy said
got a question for you guys. say you buy a premium plugin thats GPL and uses a plugin framework included in that plugin, can you use this framework in plugins you code and release for free?

Check the license. is it 100% GPL or Split GPL (PHP code is GPL , but images/JS/CSS are not)?

If it is 100% GPL , it is “legally” allowed… But we always hear about “morality” from Wordpress community here… :-D Some of us don’t like it…

It will be different if you get “permission” from the plugin author to use some of their code. For example, the first version of Options Framework was created based on WooFramework (100% GPL ) and Adii said that it is okay… ;)

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davgothic says

@agusmu is spot on!

(1) The PHP code is licensed under the GPL license as is WordPress itself. You will find a copy of the license text in the same directory as this text file. Or you can read it here: http://codex.wordpress.org/GPL

That states that the PHP and ONLY the PHP is GPL , meaning it can be used legally provided your item inherits the GPL license. I wouldn’t say it was very moral, unless you asked permission first.

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chrismccoy says

the php class is actually GPL2

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devgrids says

Any theme or plugin for WordPress is GPL. That includes all php files, any JS that uses any js library included in WordPress (for example jQuery) as those are packed with GPL license. You can mark images under other type of license and with CSS it’s more tricky.

More about this is on the official WordPress.org site at:

http://wordpress.org/about/license/ and as it mentions well explained on the Drupal site (WordPress imposes same terms) https://drupal.org/licensing/faq/#q7

FAQ 7, 8 and 9 cover all requirements for license on WordPress too.

This means that anybody that gets the theme/plugin can strip all parts that are not covered by GPL imposed by WordPress and make derivate work to be redistributed.

I know that almost all premium themes and plugins creators don’t accept this, but it is the reality.

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KrownThemes says

Any theme or plugin for WordPress is GPL.

Wrong! Almost ALL ThemeForest themes have a split license. That is, PHP code is GPL while the rest is under the license which you buy. You can read more here: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/428

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devgrids says


Any theme or plugin for WordPress is GPL.
Wrong! Almost ALL ThemeForest themes have a split license. That is, PHP code is GPL while the rest is under the license which you buy. You can read more here: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/428

Ruben, before ThemeForest, anything must respect WordPress terms, Envato can’t legally change WordPress license as they like.

So, again. PHP, any JS that uses any JS stuff from libraries included with WordPress is GPL, CSS as long as it provides properties to the default WordPress output. The rest can be as ThemeForest mentions.

If you don’t like that, take WordPress.org advice and create for another platform.

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