Using BuddyPress as part of a proprietary closed-source site?
Hi all. My apologies if this is in the wrong forum. Nothing else seemed to fit.
I work for a company that is developing a website for a client. Part of our client’s requirements is to have some social networking features. We have been considering leveraging BuddyPress for this. However, there is some concern about the GPL license.
I am not a lawyer, but the GPL seems to state that derivative works based on BuddyPress must also be open source and GPL licensed. So, then I have to ask – is the rest of the website a “derivative work”? Does that mean that all of the code for this project would have to be GPL licensed and made available for free because we use BuddyPress for social networking?
To give a clear example – imagine creating a music collaboration website. It would need social networking features, but it would have some very specific custom code needed to facilitate collaboration. Would that collaboration code legally have to be GPL’ed if the site used BuddyPress for social networking?
Thanks in advance for any advice on this!
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