At GPLDL we felt that releasing «Premium WordPress Plugins» and «Premium WordPress Themes» only to people who purchase support licenses constrains the dissemination of GPL-licensed software. So we decided to break up these expensive packages by providing the exact code available from the developers for download at GPLDL.
That’s why we set up GPLDL as a club – legally sharing hundreds of Premium GPL-licensed WordPress items with our members. That gives all of our members access to the code they actually need by removing the developer’s support they are otherwise forced to pay for.
The GPL licence, which is the foundation of WordPress and all plugins in the WordPress repository, is a great license, no doubt. It has permitted WordPress to become what it is today, and have such a wonderful community form around it.
I’m lately seeing a small surge in the number of people who are taking advantage of the GPL in what many consider an unethical way. I’m talking about the WordPress plugin stores that are cropping up and selling plugins developed by other people.