Who owns WordPress and controls the copyright and profit?
Simply put, WordPress states in its license that WordPress is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), and that it is that it is owned by the contributors. This means anyone, including companies, third-party programmers or foundations that provide funding own WordPress. As a result, the single copyright of WordPress is held by thousands of individuals, all represented by the WordPress Foundation, the trust established to further the mission of the open source project called WordPress. Continue reading How Does WordPress Make Money?
The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.
The WordPress Foundation
In an effort to protect and maintain the free-access to WordPress open source code, The WordPress Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization was organized in 2010 by Matt Mullenweg.
The WordPress Foundation clearly states that:
“People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come.”
One of their first donations from Automattic was the gift of the WordPress trademark. This generous donation was made to entrust the Foundation with the protection and continuation of WordPress. Their intent was to safeguard the trademark by making it independent of any company. The WordPress Foundation has developed policies for fair use of their trademark. Continue reading WordPress Words: WordPress Foundation