The difference in simple words.
Using WordPress as an example.
Split : Assets such as Scripts, Images and CSS can be licensed separately as non GPL, because these are considered works separate from the WordPress code.
On the other hand, the PHP and HTML code that is intermingled with and operated on by PHP are considered derivative of WordPress code, hence will always remain GPL.
The split license allows you a bit of protection, allowing you to monopolize your work.
GPL: Everything is GPL’d, you basically give up any rights you have on all the assets as well.
That more or less sums it. You’ll have to be more specific with what you mean by differences, if this wasn’t of any help.
Thanks for the clear response. It would be good if Envato give a brief, simple response like this before adding all the fluff.
What is the advantage of GPL?
You said PHP and HTML code is GPL. If I buy a WordPress plugin can I redistribute it’s PHP file?
@AvantPrime, The advantage of GPL is for the recipient of your code. There will be no limit in how they use the code as long as it conforms to the GPL. This means redistributing the code received for free or for a fee is possible.
As a buyer in this marketplace, you can use the product on multiple installations without having to incur additional costs. This is currently not possible with any other licensing model in the marketplace where you are required to buy a separate license per installation.
As an author, the business model is going to be based on the support angle. Nobody knows the code intimately as the original author and gives them a clear advantage in terms of support and updates.
@codenegar, as per the GPL licensing, this is fine. But keep in mind that the marketplace has strict rules. You cannot take an existing GPL or split licensed product being sold in his marketplace and re-propose it here as a separate product, even derivative works of this code is not allowed. You are still required to get explicit permission from the original author.