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WordPress Ditches ReactJS Over Facebook’s Patent Clause

An anonymous reader quote TechCrunch:

Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of the popular open source web publishing software WordPress, has said the community will be pulling away from using Facebook’s React JavaScript library over concerns about a patent clause in Facebook’s open source license. In a blog post explaining the decision yesterday, Mullenweg said he had hoped to officially adopt React for WordPress — noting that Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com which he also founded, had already used React for the Calypso ground-up rewrite of WordPress.com a few years ago, while the WordPress community had started using it for its major Gutenberg core project.
But he said he has changed his mind after seeing Facebook dig in behind the patent clause — which was recently added to the Apache Software Foundation’s list of disallowed licenses… [H]e writes that he cannot, in good conscience, require users of the very widely used open source WordPress software to inherit the patent clause and associated legal risk. So he’s made the decision to ditch React.
Facebook can revoke their license if a React user challenges Facebook’s patents.

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