WordPress daddy Matt Mullenweg says the editor presented by drag-and-drop internet site-builder Wix.Com “explicitly contravenes the GPL” (GNU Widespread Public License) and “is built with stolen code, so your complete app is now in violation of the license.”
Mullenweg made that accusation, and lots more, in a publish that accuses Wix of having “copied WordPress without attribution, credit, or following the license.”
“Wix has constantly borrowed liberally from WordPress — including their agency call, which was once Express Ltd,” Mullenweg writes, “however this blatant and code robbery is beyond whatever I’ve seen earlier than from a competitor.”
The WordPress developer is going on to call for Wix to release its app below the GPL “in order that we will all build on it, improve it, and examine it.”
Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami spoke back with a publish of his own in which he says “Yes, we did use the WordPress open source library for a minor a part of the application (that is the concept of open source proper?), and the whole lot we advanced there or changed, we submitted again as open source”.
Abraham also says that Wix totally gets open source, so much in order that it has 224 tasks on GitHub.
Mullenweg’s respond starts with that factoid, with this riposte:
Liberating other random open supply tasks doesn’t imply that you could violate the license of the editor code you distributed for your cellular apps.
He then factors out that the use of any GPL code way all derivatives have to themselves be GPL-certified and again calls on Abraham to allow the app’s code unfastened.
There’s also masses of sparring approximately enterprise models, branding and different interior baseball matters for the internet-building industry to digest.
but There is no point out of any other prominent GPL dispute, namely Canonical’s inclusion of CDDLv1-licensed ZFS with GPL-licensed Ubuntu. GNU guru Richard Stallman weighed in, obliquely suggesting that bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible. Debian’s builders subsequently labored around objections to that arrangement by means of consisting of source code most effective, as opposed to the pre-built kernel modules Ubuntu rip-office.
Mullenweg and Abraham have resolved to settle their differences over rip-off, as quickly as feasible. ®