MySQL vs Joomla/Drupal/Wordpress re GPL requirements - Found word(s) make money in the Text body

Bob Sneidar bobsneidar at
Thu Dec 19 19:58:52 EST 2013

By that interpretation, every backend integration project that accessed a mySQL database would have to pay back royalties. That will never fly in a court of law. The question is, are you prepared to defend your position should it come to blows (legally speaking of course).


On Dec 19, 2013, at 12:57 , Richard Gaskin <ambassador at<mailto:ambassador at>> wrote:

However, a few years ago the Joomla team changed their interpretation of the license.

The license itself didn't change - it was and still is GPL 2.0.

What changed is their *interpretation* of the license, so that they've now joined the WordPress and Drupal teams in interpreting the GPL to consider add-ons like themes and plugins as "derivative works" which therefore inherit the GPL license requirement.

Even if you write completely original code, merely making API calls to the Joomla, WordPress, or Drupal frameworks, those projects consider such calls to constitute a "derivative work":

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