GPL and forking

David "Lefty" Schlesinger lefty at access-company.com
Fri Feb 13 13:53:11 GMT 2009


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On 2/13/09 2:36 AM, "Ioannis Vranos" <ivranos at freemail.gr> wrote:

> Ioannis Vranos wrote:
>> I am writing a GUI front-end for a GPLv2 or later, perl script, I can't
>> find the original author and I need to modify it, so as to work with my
>> front-end.
>> 
>> May someone explain when GPL forking can take place and how?

Anyone can fork anything, for any reason, at any time, as long as they
observe the requirements of the license to make the changes that they make
to the original available under the GPLv2 (or later, in this case) as well.

Forking is discouraged when a project is active, but if there's no project,
and the author can't be found, it doesn't really seem as though it
constitutes a "fork"...


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