I was looking to purchase a license to software from the author. The software is GPL licensed (I assume because its a Wordpress plugin - and thus compelled to be GPL).
My interest in purchasing the software from the author rather then an aftermarket site was to support the author and get updates for the lifetime of the product.
I was about to complete the purchase when I read the terms of purchase - which appears to be in breach of the GPL. I reached out to the seller/author and his response was
"If the intention of a customer in purchasing our product is to resell it, re-distribute it, or incorporate it into another product then we would prefer that they didn't purchase it. As also mentioned in our terms and conditions, "If you disagree with any part of the terms, then please do not use the Divi-Modules website, products or services."
I interpret this to a threat of the author to not uphold his obligations to provide access to new versions and support (which is what I was purchasing) if I want to take advantage of my right to redistribute a copy of the software or use it in ways the author would rather I didn't.
Ignoring for the moment that the license on the site is contradictory and on the face of it a breach of the GPL Does the GPL allow for a person providing support for GPL licensed software to tie that support to you not using rights given to you under the GPL?