While doing research for a plugin I’m developing, I came across a well-known and established plugin which is also available in the Obsidian Plugin Directory.
I explored the code repository on GitHub and noticed that it didn’t provide a
LICENSE file, and only mentioned
package.json. I opened an Issue on the repository, asking the owner to clarify what license it was released under. They told me they had not decided on that yet, but they were considering a license that would disallow commercial use.
I was mainly interested in the licensing as I wanted to fork the project and use it as a base for my own, but I realized that it’s very problematic that Obsidian doesn’t enforce permissive licenses for plugins in the official directory.
People who have Obsidian Commercial, who use it for commercial/work related tasks could be unknowingly violating a license if they, rightly, assume plugins are allowed to be used for commercial purposes.
I think the plugin review process should ensure that a plugin is released under a license like MIT or similar. It might also be necessary to go through the existing directory and make sure all plugins are released under an acceptable license.