WordPress.org bans Themeforest members from participating in official WordCamp gatherings

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LightLotusProduction says

Thanks for sharing this, very interesting indeed.

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CodingJack says

So here’s what I don’t get. If a theme is 100% GPL I can just buy a copy and sell it somewhere else right? Why would a stock author ever agree to that?

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dekciw says

So here’s what I don’t get. If a theme is 100% GPL I can just buy a copy and sell it somewhere else right? Why would a stock author ever agree to that?

Hmm.. because you get a chance to attend WordCamp? :D

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digitalimpact says

WCF is acting like a 3 year old, but if those are their rules, just respect them and get over it. I can live without WordCamps and I guess most others can, too. Are WCs the only way to contribute to the community?

I too feel sorry for Jake, because I know how much he’s into those things. My question to anyone in a similar situation: does WordCamp put food on your table as TF does? The answer is obvious, so were having this discussion for…?

P.S.: best comment I’ve seen was by a core contributor saying something along the lines of “screw WordCamp, if that’s their call, ignore them. Go speak under a pseudonim, or build your own camps, call them WorcCamps”.

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digitalimpact says


So here’s what I don’t get. If a theme is 100% GPL I can just buy a copy and sell it somewhere else right? Why would a stock author ever agree to that?
Hmm.. because you get a chance to attend WordCamp? :D

It’s not attending they won’t allow TF authors, it’s speaking/organizing/sponsoring. You can still attend. Which is so cool, what a f#$%!ng privilege they’re offering to people caught in crossfire.

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Japh Staff says

Good to see some sensible discussion on this happening here :)

Just to also clarify Ivor’s post, on that same link below the letter, there’s clarification:

Even though graphics and CSS aren’t required to be GPL legally [...] we will only promote and host things on WordPress.org that are 100% GPL or compatible.

The WordCamp guidelines say similar and push it further.

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contempoinc says


“To help clarify this point, I reached out to the Software Freedom Law Center, the world’s preĆ«minent experts on the GPL, which spent time with WordPress’s code, community, and provided us with an official legal opinion. One sentence summary: PHP in WordPress themes must be GPL, artwork and CSS may be but are not required.” – Software Freedom Law Center back in 2009.
As a note and an addition to this statement – this is for producing themes for WordPress, the rules for taking part in a WordCamp are “different” (must be in the ‘spirit’ of the WordPress community – which they are saying means everything in a theme should be GPL 100%) and therefore the issue arises.

Looks like I’ll never be contributing or volunteering for a WordCamp.

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jonathan01 says

So here’s what I don’t get. If a theme is 100% GPL I can just buy a copy and sell it somewhere else right? Why would a stock author ever agree to that?

There’s actually an discussion about that we could have but a public space is not the appropriate one.

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jonathan01 says

GPL may sound good at first time but it actually acts like virus, force everything it touches to be GPL and you have no way to monetize GPL code or related assets, effectively make it “a wolf in sheep clothing”.

wow…. just wow!

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RimmonTrieu says

A similar case, read on why Google distributed Android with ASL rather than GPL:

http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2007/11/why-google-chose-the-apache-software-license-over-gplv2/
...Android under a copyleft license could potentially limit the evolution of the mobile software ecosystem by discouraging commercial development on top of the platform.

WP and its founder are acting monopoly here. Under their “freedom philosophy”, Bill Gate, Steve Jobs, or Larry Ellision… would never be allowed to speak at any GPL compliance software conference (if they even care though)

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