I know that WordPress is licensed GPLv2 (or later).

I also know that all things that use WordPress must also be GPLv2 (or later) compatible (eg. Plugins and Themes)

I also read somewhere that cracking/nulling premium plugins/themes are legal since these also must use GPLv2 (or later) license. Source: Can I get sued for using nulled WordPress plugins?

I will use version control (Git) for my WordPress site running Bedrock, I am planning to release it as a public repository with MIT License.

WordPress is GPLv2 license but why is a WordPress boilerplate Bedrock is released MIT?

Does it mean that I can release a Bedrock WordPress website as MIT license while also using premium themes and plugins?

  • How would you distribute the whole site via git, since WordPress makes use of a database?
    – oxr463
    Commented Jul 20, 2019 at 15:02

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You are free to publish your own software under MIT, as long as it doesn't include any GPL-covered components.

Wordpress themes and plugins do not have to be GPL-licensed, the must merely have a GPL-compatible license. MIT is GPL-compatible.

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