You may have heard of the GPL (often referred to as WordPress’ ‘Bill of Rights’), but chances are that you don’t fully understand it. And with good reason—it’s a complex topic to tackle, and your time is no doubt better spent making a living than studying product licensing. However, if you use WordPress, the GPL should matter to you, and you should understand it. Why? Because the GPL defines how WordPress is utilized—by users and developers alike. With the above in mind, this concise guide will reveal everything that you need to know about GPL licensing as it relates to WordPress, with not a single reference to legalese or unnecessarily complex language. Once you’re finished reading, you will know what the GPL is, why WordPress is licensed accordingly, how the GPL benefits both end users and WordPress developers, and ultimately, why WordPress ‘derivative’ works (i.e. themes and plugins) should (if not must) be licensed under the GPL. The GNU General Public Licence Explained Why WordPress Is Licensed under the GPL Why You Might Like the GPL From a more practical perspective, the GPL gives WordPress end users peace of mind. Not only is WordPress ‘free’ (in both senses of the word), but
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