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Who Owns WordPress

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Who Owns WordPress?

Today’s post is all about WordPress and a great article by rtCamp, “Who Owns WordPress?” I’ll cut the the politically correct answer provided by rtCamp.

In short, nobody and everybody. And that’s a great thing, not just for the millions of individuals in the global WordPress community, but also for business at any scale.

While this is correct on the face of it and a truth most people adhere to, the matter is a bit more simple and complicated. There are two WordPress that most people think of .org and .com. is first and foremost owned by WordPress Foundation. Policies at the foundation strictly maintain WordPress, WordCamp, and other intellectual property. I can’t just start WordPress.totallynewdomain without permission. Also, I can’t fork the code and call it WordPressWP but I can make WPWP as either a private or public project. Back to the nitty-gritty, the foundation is a United States 501(c)3 non-profit organization and has a subsidiary, WordPress Community Support, PBC which is a B-corp. The B-corp is used as a financial funnel. is owned by Automattic, Inc. and in this regard is a completely different beast. So while the spirit is that nobody and everybody own WordPress, some people really do own it but not like owning a candy bar.

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