April 3, 2018 — Summary of everything
WHY IS WORDPRESS LICENSED UNDER THE GPL?
Why People Hate the GPL?
What the GPL Means to You?
The GPL and WordPress?
WordPress’s GPL Requirement?
Non-GPL WordPress Themes & Plugins?
How WordPress Plugin and Theme Developers Make Money?
THE LEGAL POWER OF THE GPL?
REDUCED RISK OF LEGAL ACTION?
HOW THE GPL WORKS IN FAVOR OF WORDPRESS END USERS AND DEVELOPERS?
ANY REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ADOPT THE GPL LICENSE?
What is Split Licensing and the GPL?
If I modify the core WordPress software or a GPL’d theme or plugin, must I release the source code of the modified versions(s) to the public?
October 10, 2017 — The idea of building a business on open source software may be old hat for most technologists, but for many people in more traditional industries, the concepts around using and contributing to WordPress may seem quite strange. Can a program you get for free be any good? How does the licensing work and what the heck is a GPL? Who do we call if it breaks? Who’s in charge of this thing? Sharing technology with everyone, is that safe? Wait, you wrote some code for us, and now you want to publish it for anyone to use, for free? We’ll answer these questions and more in a discussion of how to get OSS buy-in from the whole newsroom — lawyers, executives, and IT departments included. Along the way, you’ll get a refresher on making the most of the open WordPress ecosystem, whether you’ve been a part of this community for 13 years or 13 hours.
July 19, 2017 — Nancy Thanki is a photographer, filmmaker and Happiness Engineer at Automattic. She has spoken at WordCamp Asheville, Seattle, and Birmingham in 2014, Atlanta, Asheville, and WCUS in Philadelphia in 2015, and Atlanta, Asheville, and (will also be speaking at) WCUS in Philadelphia again in 2016.
She talked about The GPL: What It Means (And What It Doesn’t) which will cover the concept and motto behind the GPL.
December 2, 2016 — Une discussion ouverte entre Alexandre Simard, spécialiste WordPress, et Me Marcel Naud, avocat spécialisé en droit d’auteur et droit commercial lié à la propriété intellectuelle. Nous tenterons ensemble de démystifier la licence GPL et ses conséquences pour tous les types d’utilisatrices de WordPress. Un FAQ vivant, en somme!
October 29, 2016 — In kindergarten you were taught how to share. WordPress is built on the idea of sharing. It’s what makes our community strong and supportive. However, for many of us, this is our business, our livelihood, and so our opinion about the “proper use” of GPL sometimes taints how we code or interact with “the competition.” I’ll share some stories and thoughts that may challenge you point of view – in a good way.
August 16, 2016 — The GNU General Public License (GPL) is a free (as in freedom) software license that is used by many open source projects, including WordPress. While many of us are probably familiar with the GPL, there are also a number of misconceptions. It’s important, as WordPress professionals, for us to be able to talk about the GPL with our clients and coworkers — both in terms of what the GPL says and also what it doesn’t say. The GPL is based on some extremely powerful ideas, and it’s a shame that they are sometimes misunderstood. If you feel like you could use a refresher, or ideas about how to explain the GPL to people you’re working with, this talk is for you.
Target audience: Anyone interested in getting into GPL products or wanting to learn more about what they’re already doing. This can be building them, purchasing them, or modifying ones that already exist.
What does the GPL actually mean? We’ll cover several examples of what sort of circumstances are and are not permitted under the GPL (as well as the sort of obligations you have when working with GPL-licensed software like WordPress).
How do I make money from GPL products if people can just copy and distribute my work?
What are some common misconceptions people have when talking about the GPL and where can you get some clarification.
May 12, 2016 — The talk discusses the aspects of WordPress being GPL, and why it’s important for WordPress users, developers and businesses alike.
April 21, 2016 — WordPress steht unter GPL und verlangt eine solche Lizenz auch für alle Themes und Plugins. Das Ziel ist klar, aber wie ist die Rechtslage wirklich? Chan-Jo erörtert das Konzept des Copyleft-Effekts der GPL-Lizenzen und deren Konsequenzen auf die Softwareentwicklung am Beispiel von Linux, Android und WordPress. Könnten wir Erweiterungen unter kommerzieller Lizenz entwicklen und vertreiben? Ist die Beschränkung moralischer oder juristischer Natur? Wir freuen uns auf eine offene Diskussion mit Fallkonstellationen aus dem Publikum und seiner rechtlichen Bewertung als Open Source Spezialist.
June 2, 2015 — The strength of WordPress is in its licensing under the GPL (GNU General Public Licence). What does the GPL really mean? How does it affect you, your creativity, and your work? How does it protect your freedom?
Get a method for talking about licensing with your “technophobic” clients, friends and family.