So I just came across a site called WP and Legal Stuff that is dedicated to, as you might’ve guessed, helping people understand legal stuff related to WordPress.
The website was created by Richard Best, a lawyer specializing in IP/IT/technology law and public law. All things that could cover WordPress-related stuff.
As you might imagine, it covers stuff like the GPL, trademarks, and the like. It also covers some not necessarily WordPress related things like continuing to email people who unsubscribe from your mailing list
Although I like to think I have a pretty good understanding of all the legalities related to WordPress licensing, trademarks, and the like, many people still don’t get even the basics.
This is evidenced by people straight up ignoring the WordPress domain policy or advertising their products as “100% GPL” to get in the good graces of WordPress.org, but then forbidding their customers from redistributing code.
Just skimming through a few articles, it’s clear Richard knows what he’s talking about. Positioning himself as the go-to lawyer for WordPress-related issues could end up being quite lucrative, as there really isn’t another “go to” WordPress-focued lawyer that I can think of…yet.