The latest thing going around the Internet is a debate between Chris Pearson, creator of popular Thesis Theme and Matt Mullenweg, creater of WordPress.
Chris’ theme runs off WordPress, which is GPL licensed, but his theme is not GPL licensed, which Matt feels is illegal. The two go head to head in deciding what should happen. It’s an incredibly interesting situation and it’s quite tricky to decide which way to swing, but if you have a read, take a watch and read the summary below, it definitely seems Matt is in a better position.
Digging into WordPress summarized this perfectly:
Matt: Thesis is violating the law because it violates GPL.
Chris: No it isn’t.
Matt: Businesses can thrive under GPL.
Matt: Why won’t you bring Thesis over to GPL?
Chris: Because I would feel like I’m doing something against my personal beliefs.
Matt: We might sue you.
Chris: Bring it on.
That pretty much summarizes things quite well. If you want to read and watch further, here are the links:
Personally I feel that Thesis Theme should act under a GPL license.
What is your opinion?