Jigoshop has added developer licenses to their themes and extensions today today, though not in the traditional way. Jigoshop the eCommerce plugin itself can be downloaded, for free, from the WordPress.org plugin directory, and currently over 6,000 people have done just that. But Jigoshop also offers themes and extensions for their core plugin on their website, and have today made it possible to purchase developer licenses for those downloads.
The kicker? Developer purchases aren’t required for multiple uses of the plugin, just encouraged for those developers who “would do the right thing.”
In the announcement, Jay Koster of Jigoshop recognized that since their works is licensed under the Gnu Public License (or GPL) there are no restrictions they can place on the use of their themes and extensions. He did say, though, that he believed the community would respond well to that move:
So why bother with developer licenses at all? Well, we believe Jigoshop is a great product. We also have a huge amount of faith in the WordPress community. So while our standard and developer products are essentially the same thing, we’d like to think that if you’re using one of our themes (or extensions) on more than one web site you would do the right thing, and purchase a developer license.
So that’s it. No hard sell, no complicated / restrictive licensing, no forcing current customers to upgrade to developer licenses, just an option to pay extra if you wish to.
We’re all about supporting WordPress community projects around here. After all, that’s how we exist.
Do you think many will be drawn toward upgrading their purchase with Jigoshop? Or will most, in the end, go with whatever route is the cheapest?