WordPress founder says Wix stole its code

WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg has said Wix, a website building platform, copied WordPress without attribution, credit, or following the licence.

“I started playing around with the editor, and felt… déjà vu. It was familiar. Like I had used it before. Turns out I had. Because it’s WordPress,” said Mullenweg.

“You can see the forked repositories on GitHub complete with original commits from Alex and Maxime, two developers on Automattic’s mobile team,” he said.

“Wix has always borrowed liberally from WordPress – including their company name, which used to be Wixpress Ltd. – but this blatant rip-off and code theft is beyond anything I’ve seen before from a competitor.”

Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami responded, telling Mullenweb “we were all very surprised by your post, as you have so many claims against us”.

Abrahami said Wix is giving back, highlighting that it has a list of 224 projects on its public GitHub page.

He admitted that Wix used the WordPress open source library, but said everything they improved or modified was submitted back as open source.

“If you need source code that we have, and we have not yet released, then, most likely we will be happy to share, you only need to ask,” said Abrahami.

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WordPress founder says Wix stole its code