Navigating General Public Licensing (or what you need to know about WordPress)

Users can install, develop, amend and share open source software freely, but this is not to say that it is not big business.

WordPress, for example, follows the open source model, but has created a community of over 70 million sites and a market, for enhancements and other services, worth $2 billion globally.

Some organisations are investing thousands in enhancements for their WordPress sites. Can anyone, under the open source banner, simply take their code and use or distribute it for free?

Verisona Law’s Aurelia Butler-Ball has teamed up with digital company Pragmatic to explain how General Public Licenses govern copyright on open source software such as WordPress.

Read the article now and discover where you stand, as a user, developer or site owner.

Go to our General Public Licensing explanation

Trade mark registrations, oppositions and renewals

  • advice on registering your company name or logo strengthening your brand
  • transfers of title
  • infringement and passing-off procedures
  • revocation actions and challenges to validity

Patents and protection of inventions

  • advice on registering your invention and protecting your know-how

Copyright and designs

  • advice in relation to the protection and licensing of copyright and designs
  • registration of design rights

Commercial agreements that will release the value of your IP

  • advising developers, licensors and licensees
  • joint ventures
  • research and development
  • data sharing

Confidence and trade secrets

  • drafting of non-disclosure agreements
  • taking injunctive action

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