Wysłany: 2011-01-12, 18:05 $5 Million Law Suit Proves BloggingMaster LLC Copyright Clai
The legal argument between WPblogmatic, Inc., and the producer of Buildablogstore (BABS), BloggingMaster LLC, has erupted over a PHP script, which uses Wordpress as its core operating system. Wordpress is open source code. Wordpress is distributed based on the GNU Public License, ascertaining that the source code is usable free of charge to all involved users with the right to customize as required.
Both WPblogmatic and Buildablogstore (BABS) use a modified type of Wordpress to effect installation and setup. A specific Autoblogging plug-in is used to affect the management interface and the setup of affiliate posts.
The plug-in is contrived to automate the production of blogs and create posts of products from a choice of affiliates like eBay, Amazon, Overstock, commission Junction, etc.
There is a tendency to believe that there are two elements: WordPress, and the active Plug-in. But they do not run in isolation. They operate as one cohesive unit. They may not even run in a sequential order. WordPress initiates up, WordPress tells the plug-in to run its functions and register its hooks and filters, then WordPress runs an amount of queries, then WordPress calls the appropriate plug-in PHP file, and ,as a result, the plug-in hooks into the queried WordPress data and uses WordPress utilities to trigger it, and then WordPress shuts down and finishes the request. On that clear view, it appears like a multi-layered pastry. But the integration is even more amalgamated than the pastry analogy suggests.
It is not right to think of WordPress and a plug-in as different entities. As far as the code is concerned, they make one working unit. The plug-in code doesn't sit-on-top of WordPress. It is within it, in numerous different locations, with diverse interdependencies. This creates a web of allocated data framework and code all contained within a allocated memory space.
What this alludes to is that a plug-in developer would need to completely remove any and all Wordpress code before being able to lodge a copyright protection for the design of their plug-in. Plug-in code by definition derives from WordPress and thus must be licensed based on the GNU General Public License if it is distributed.
Mr. Bert Tassoni returned our telephone call and stated that WPblogmatic Inc., early in 2010 come across the GNU open source code online and invested considerable money employing its own American based coders to seriously advance the code, create a conclusively new management interface and establish the product actually worked.
Mr. Tassoni further claimed that the end accomplishment is the best and most stable Autoblogging tool ever put on the market. WPblogmatic has succeeded everywhere Buildablogstore failed!
Although both PHP scripts use the same Wordpress code as a foundation, the performance and management interface are completely different. WPblogmatic extensively redesigned the product by utilizing an open source code readily acquirable online.
The claims made by BloggimgMaster LLC and Peter Bresko, against WPblogmatic Inc., proved to be false and malicious and have resulted in a substantial Law Suit.
Designers of Themes or Plug-Ins for WordPress had better take note of this case study.