Survey Results about GPL Opt-in Choice

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Last month there was some online discussion around full GPL licensing and the Envato Marketplaces. It started when one of our TF authors was barred from supporting, speaking at and volunteering at WordCamps because he was selling on ThemeForest. While ThemeForest themes sell with a GPL compliant license, WordCamp guidelines require the item to be completely licensed under the GPL in order for the seller to be allowed to participate in the ways listed above.

I posted a response to the ban, and a post about how we are moving forward. As I stated in the second post, most important to me is to get the community’s input on the debate. Since we’ve been working on our licensing generally, this month we put out a survey to ThemeForest and CodeCanyon authors asking a bunch of licensing questions, including a few GPL related ones.

As I promised in that second post, today we’re publishing a subset of the survey results relating to the GPL options. They’re taken from a larger presentation from our data team, with a couple of extra slides I’ve thrown in to explain the contents.

Next Steps

After getting this community feedback, we are now putting into the works an optional 100% GPL license which authors in GPL-based categories (such as WordPress or Drupal) can make use of. It will be completely up to authors whether they use this option. The new option should be available towards the end of March, and we’ll be posting on Notes about how authors can make use of it.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. I’m looking forward to doing more of this kind of temperature check with the community! Go Data!

44 thoughts on “Survey Results about GPL Opt-in Choice

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  5. Collis, Kudos to you, Japh, and everyone at Envato. This is fantastic news!

    I think the survey results themselves are fascinating; but ultimately, I’m excited to see Envato taking the step that will completely resolve the impasse at which some developers found themselves who wanted to contribute back to the WordPress community.

    (Hey Jake: got any WordCamps on your radar yet? 😉 )

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    1. Thanks Matt, I’m really pleased the results of the survey are nice and clear, and looking forward to carrying out this change in March!

  7. This awesome news! Thanks to everyone involved @Envato!

    So when I will submit my plugins here shortly, they’ll be 100% GPL! Really looking for to it!

    Great day for the global WordPress community!

  8. Awesome. Last week Creative Market just announced their WP Themes are 100% GPL, and now Themeforest/Codecanyon!

    I’ve heard some authors decided to move out from TF/CC because of this issue. I hope they’ll change their mind after seeing this announcement.

  9. Fantastic news, and certainly the right decision.

    Any chance of getting a license filter so I can search for 100% GPL themes?

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