In this show we welcome Donnacha McGloinn, one of the most prolific commenters across WordPress blogs. He has contributed to many discussions along the years and also helped WordPress product owners refine their marketing and products. In this particular episode we delve into the GPL, a topic which always stirs a lot of controversy and opposing views whenever it is discussed.
We not only define what the GPL stands for but also go into some practical issues surrounding it and what prospective WordPress product owners/developers should be aware of. For example, people like Pippin Williamson have taken advantage of the GPL to encourage 3rd party contributions and improvements by putting all premium addons of his plugin AffiliateWP up on GitHub. Others have probably been impacted in a negative way by the GPL, such as the e-commerce plugin Jigoshop, although that case can be debated either way. We also talk about our own plugins, Ninja Forms and WP RSS Aggregator, and our own experiences with people forking our plugins or reselling them, and how this has affected our businesses.