Forking a GPL project does not violate copyright law as I'm sure you know really. However, the point is moot as it appears that OpenSEF has been revived by kenmcd: http://forum.joomla.org/index.php/topic,182170.0.htmlnetshine wrote:OpenSEF was, and still is, GNU/GPL. NuSEF is a fork of OpenSEF, which, whilst perfectly legal (in licensing terms that is, even if it violates copyright law), in my opinion has been used as an 'example' unfairly - just because the author, who gave freely of his time and skills to produce it, disagrees with Joomla's new official opinion.phil_roy wrote: Also, whilst I didn't like the terms "rescue" or "abandoned" either, keep in mind that OpenSEF was not a commercial product. All it cost me was the donation of a few beers as per the site donation button at the site.
As such I see no further need for NuSEF. My interest in OpenSEF was purely to ensure the continued availability of this popular component as users were having difficulty locating it after Marko withdrew his support.
This was an exceptional case. Most GPL projects that are abandoned continue to be available for download for some time after the abandonment so that others can take them up if they wish. If no-one does then they gradually fade away. In the case of OpenSEF (and Marko's other projects), not only was the website itself deleted, but files on JoomlaCode were either deleted or made unavailable (not sure which). All this without any notice to users or the community at large. To me that is an unscrupulous act and harms Marko's reputation which until then had been spotless.
I wish the OpenSEF project every success for the future.