In his role as Word Press BDFL, he now has a reputation — at least within certain circles of folks that pay close attention — for making large, impactful decisions with little description of why he has done so.
In late 2008, more than 200 free Word Press themes were removed from the Word theme repository.
The situation created a spark and initiated a serious debate about theme licensing.
Authors were concerned that GPL licensed themes would mean that their themes would be bought and freely distributed, removing their ability to make money from their works.
While many of the themes were removed due to spammy links, some were pulled due to GPL violations within the themes or within the theme upsells that were linked from the theme listings.
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The move, which was made without announcement, shocked many theme providers that felt they were unfairly included in the group of removed themes.
Word Press is licensed by the GNU General Public License (GPL), version 2 or later.
The GPL ensures certain freedoms that protect both Word Press and those that utilize it.
Mullenweg has the motivation, resources, and ability to squash Pearson — and indeed most thought he’d done so already.
While he has far fewer resources, Pearson has some tools available to protect his business or to potentially even disrupt the entire Word Press ecosystem as we know it today.