I asked a question and received quite good answers. I read all answers and other sources about my question.

I concluded that if I write my code and distribute it to my clients for a free under my own license and ask them to download F3 separately at their own, my code won't be covered under GPL license anymore as I am not providing the GPL code with my distribution.

For example, people are selling WordPress themes and plugins which are not covered by GPL but WordPress is licensed under GPL. Am I right?

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It depends. You should ask a lawyer. Actually, you should ask n lawyers, one for each country you intend to distribute your software to.

  • But how this model works for Themes made for Opencart and Wordpress and other GPL based CMS Apr 10, 2015 at 17:39
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    Themes are not Derived Works. Whether or not your software is a Derived Work depends, and can ultimately only be answered by a judge. Please, if you are making a legal decision that could cost you your life savings or even land you in jail, ask a frigging lawyer and not some random dude on the Internet. This is a Programming website, not a Legal website. We know about Programming. We don't know about the Law. Apr 10, 2015 at 17:42
  • @JörgWMittag: while this isn't a legal website, software licensing is on topic, and we are capable of thinking for ourselves. Apr 10, 2015 at 19:02

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