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    GPL Compliance - Sending Data From Proprietary Software

    I have a question ...

    Say I write a WordPress plugin that is licensed under the GPLv2 and it makes use of data sent from my server. I am thinking that I do not have to reveal the source code of my server-side script. Is this true?

    So anyone can freely copy the plugin code, but my server-side code remains private. An example might be a plugin that displays maps where the map server code needs to be protected from business competitors.

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    I am not an attorney, but my understanding is that anyone can modify code released under the GPL. If you do not release your server-side code and do not include it in the GPL, then you would not have to reveal it.

    I would think that a clear disclaimer regarding the use of separate proprietary code that is not part of the GPL would cover the issue.

    GNU General Public License v2.0 - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

    Most of the GPL focuses on how 3rd parties are allowed to copy, distribute and modify the code that you do release.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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