Interesting discussion. I understand there are different interpretations of what GPL says about backlinks / credit links, but doesn’t JED License forbids developers from preventing backlink removal?http://docs.joomla.org/JED_Entries_License_ChecklistList C2.3 – 11
Require payment to remove owner visible or hidden links:
users are allowed to remove the links
the extension works if the files containing the links are edited by users
Hi, I am developer of Phoca Gallery and I don't break any part of JED rules (I am reagularly getting information about if some of the extension does not meet the rules and I am fixing it immediately):
I don't require any payment for removimg the links. And there is no feature in the php code which will cause not working the gallery if the link is not included. Phoca Gallery like Joomla! includes a "powered by" and nobody from Phoca (it means me) don't require any money for someting. I don't require that users will use Phoca Gallery. Phoca Gallery icludes a "powered by" link like Joomla! and there is no rule on JED that it should not include it (as one of the few extensions, Phoca Gallery includes the information about the link on JED site: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions ... llery/3150
... "Includes visible backlink" ) I think people get all the information before testing and it is free - one need not worry about losing money because noone pays for testing or using it.
People have freedom, they CAN download Phoca Gallery and they CAN use it, they CAN use it for free and they CAN test it for free. They can get support for free and if it does not fit their needs, they CAN uninstall it - Please don't do an evil from developers (I don't mean it personally), who:
- have developed an extension for 5 years (and saved 5 years of people's life who use it)
- make in their freetime free support (in different forums)
- manage translation projects of community members (for free)
- support the extensions with documentation (for free)
- have written like e.g. Joomla! project that the extension is powered by.
My freedom is to make an extension like it is (I don't break any JED rule so it is listed on JED) and user's freedom is to use it.
I am not evil, like many times described in this forum (mostly by users who posted here 1 - 5 posts which means in fact by anonymous), I like developing extensions in my free time and I like to share them to the world - If somenoe cannot accept that the extension icludes "powered by", than he or she should not use it.
Users should not use it but not write in this forum or somewhere untruths like I am spaming sites with powered by or I am forcing someone to something (see previous posts in this or similar topics), etc.
I have explained many times why the link is important for the project (mostly because SOME people will understand that there are some values and such values are not made from nothing so they then bring help to the project (answers in the forum, documentation, improvements, etc.) This saves my time and I can do the extension better with better and new features.
Such are the rules:
Do you like the extension with the powered by - great, just use it everywhere you need
Do you like the extension and you can help the project - great, every help is appreciated
Do you like the extension but you don't like the powered - that means, the extensions as it is does not fit your needs - then just don't use the extension but please be so kind and don't write the untruths in the forum (like previously, I don't mean it personally now)
Don't like the extension - Ok, we can live with this, just don't use it and ignore that such extension exists - I hope it didn't make some negative influence on you - if yes, try to share it in Phoca Forum (without untruths), maybe I can help you.
I only have done some extensions and don't want to hide them somewhere (it it exists and can help to someone, then why not to share it)