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GPL Licence

Products from Plugin Rush are licensed under GNU GPL and available for distribution

The GNU General Public License (GPL) is a widely used open source software license that guarantees end users the freedom to run, study, share, and modify the software. The GPL requires that anyone who distributes the software must make the source code available to the recipient under the same terms. This ensures that the software remains open and can be improved upon by anyone. The GPL is often used for software programs that are intended to be freely shared and distributed.

WordPress is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), which means that it is free and open source software. This means that anyone can download and use WordPress for free, as well as modify and distribute the source code. The GPL requires that any derivative works must also be licensed under the GPL, ensuring that WordPress remains free and open for all users.

Why does the GPL exist?

One of the key benefits of the GPL is that it ensures that software remains free and open, and can be freely distributed and modified by anyone. This is especially important for plugins, which are small add-on programs that extend the functionality of a larger piece of software.

Because WordPress is licensed under the GPL, all WordPress plugins are also required to be licensed under the GPL. This means that users are free to download, use, and modify any WordPress plugin, and to distribute their own modified versions.

This creates a vibrant and thriving ecosystem of WordPress plugins, where developers can build upon the work of others, and users can benefit from the wide range of available plugins. It also encourages collaboration and sharing within the WordPress community, as developers can share their code and learn from each other.

The GPL also ensures that users are protected from being locked into proprietary software. With proprietary software, users are often at the mercy of the software developer, who controls the source code and can change the terms of use at any time.

With the GPL, users have the legal right to access and modify the source code, and to distribute their own modified versions. This gives users greater control over their own software, and ensures that they are not dependent on a single vendor.

In short, the GPL is an important license that protects the freedom and openness of software, and enables a vibrant and collaborative community of users and developers. For WordPress users and plugin developers, the GPL is a key part of the ecosystem, and helps to ensure that WordPress remains a powerful and flexible platform for building websites.