Bet you never thought you’d hear that one!
Today Deadline’s Parent Company Sues The Hollywood Reporter’s Parent Company For Copyright Infringement. They posted a link to the complaint and its exhibits. And this is where I sat up and blinked.
See, TVLine uses WordPress. And part of their claim is that their (I assume) home-grown plugin was lifted. Specifically this file:
Now, I’ll totally allow that the site stole the code. But it’s WordPress which means the code is GPL which means … they can. They’re dicks about it, mind you, but they totally can. I’m interested to see how this one plays out.
ETA: By ‘the code’ I mean not JUST that .js file, but the HTML, the specific WordPress calls, etc. THR actually isn’t using WordPress, as it happens.