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Thesis and WordPress kiss and make up – Thesis now has a Split GPL license

25 July 2010 comment icon0 | Categories: opinion, theme news, thesis

One of the most controversial and hotly debated public arguments in the WordPress community ended this week when Chris Pearson of DiyThemes.com changed the license for his very popular Thesis theme to a split GPL license which has the backing of Matt Mullenweg of WordPress.
In a nutshell, the decision by Chris to switch to a split GPL license ends a potentially nasty and expensive legal battle between Matt and Chris – which in the long run would only damage the entire WordPress community as whole. For this alone, Chris’s decision must be praised.
We had covered the recent war of words between Matt and Chris which extended out to a Mixergy.com video cast and things had …

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Making WordPress better

05 July 2010 comment icon0 | Categories: opinion, wordpress

Probably the last thing that the WordPress dev team want to think about now is new feature requests for future versions of WordPress. In fact, the team have already stated that they’ll be taking a break from feature development for a few months which is cool and gives us all time to get to grips with 3.0 and stretch it, bend it and break it (hopefully not breaking it too much!)
Well in the meantime, I’m throwing down my 2 cents about things I think can be further improved in future wordpress branches and releases. I’ve been using wordpress for many years but recently I’ve been really stretching it for a number of clients who would …

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What now for the future of premium wordpress themes?

23 February 2010 comment icon1 | Categories: Legals, opinion, wordpress

In late 2009, Mike Alex Wasylik wrote two excellent and thought provoking blog posts about whether or not the GPL license is applicable to premium wordpress themes. Mike was quite clear and very articulate in his views in favour of the right of premium wordpress theme developers to reserve the right to charge for their works and copyright same.
If you’ve not read the posts and have any remote interest in premium wordpress themes and the future of this fledgling industry I suggest you go read them immediately.
The first post from November 2009 is still generating debate in the comments to this day and has drawn comments from heavy hitters in the WordPress ecosystem including Matt …

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