Survey Results about GPL Opt-in Choice

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!