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Wix Removes Gpl-licensed Wordpress Code From Mobile App, Forks Original Mit Library

Discussion in 'WordPress News' started by Kevin Muldoon, Jan 24, 2017.

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  1. It looks like Wix has joined a long list of companies that want to fork a GPL product without adhering to the GPL code.

    The app has not been released under the GPL and Wix has discontinued development on the GPL-licensed repositories. On November 1, 2016, Wix changed the license on the react-native-wordpress-editor, the repository that was forked from the WordPress mobile app, to GPLv2. The next day, they began work on react-native-zss-rich-text-editor, a new repository forked from the original MIT-licensed library that the WordPress mobile app code built upon.

    It appears that Wix never planned on complying with the GPL, since the company immediately began working on an alternative approach. Wix has since released updates to its mobile apps and presumably has incorporated its own editor component that is based on the original MIT-licensed library.

    It is not clear whether Wix completely started over with its fork or if the company’s developers incorporated some of the commits previously made in the WordPress mobile app’s GPL-licensed fork. Wix has not responded to numerous attempts to contact them for an official statement.
    You can read the full story on WP Tavern at https://wptavern.com/wix-removes-gp...de-from-mobile-app-forks-original-mit-library

  2. This happens so much! Matt (Mullenweg) usually kicks up a fuss over a GPL violation, people bite back at him, but eventually the violator gets put in his place and they comply.

    It happened with Thesis, it happened with Codecanyon in particular.

    I'm all for this too, they weren't playing by the rules, and it harms those who release GPL code.
  3. Yeah I think this is something that is going to keep happening over the years. When many companies see something being released as open source, they think of it as 100% free and think they can do what they want with it.
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