[url=https://wordpress.org/about/license/]Wordpress[/url] said:There is some legal grey area regarding what is considered a derivative work, but we feel strongly that plugins and themes are derivative work and thus inherit the GPL license. If you disagree, you might want to consider a non-GPL platform such as Serendipity (BSD license) or Habari (Apache license) instead.
smalpierre said:Plugins are not derived work, it's the moral equivalent of dynamically linking a GPL library in a closed source app. If you static link the library, you have to release GPL, if dynamic you don't since you can upgrade the GPL library separately from the program.
fancy said:For the people who know what it is, I'd really like to know your point of view. Basically, there's a lot of paid plugins and themes being shared under the pretex of GPL. Is it ethical and do you use it?