Need Advice on GPLing Items, Pros and Cons?

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#1

Currently all our items here are closed source. Can any author here with GPL’ed items share their experience on it?

My Pros:

  • Can host / use tools freely in GitHub, Travis, Scrutinizer, Coveralls, etc

My Cons:

  • More knowledgable users would just search for the Github version and download from there.

#2

Still can’t share on github if you’re exclusive.


#3

Huh, even for just to host the repo and not for sharing?


#4

Wow just found this by Googling: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/can-i-put-my-library-on-github-if-i-choose-100-gpl-on-marketplace/116975

@dtbaker So yeah, you can’t host it in Github. I saw your replies in there. So my one and only pro & con are both invalid.

Weird since if you do 100% GPL, then people who buy your stuff can put it up in Github and host their fork there. But you yourself can’t.

I guess that just means that “when someone buys your item it becomes 100% GPL” but “while the code is in your hands it’s -100% GPL”

So essentially there’s no benefit to going 100% GPL, except for WordPress items if you want to participate in WordCamps, but aside from that, nada.

I guess Envato isn’t encouraging anyone to go GPL, the option is just there for the sake of saying GPL is supported.


#5

Pretty much