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Sami Korpela
6 years ago Sep 23, 2016 8:32pm
Tatu Lund
6 years ago Sep 26, 2016 5:14am

That is sad but true that sometimes it happens so. I think correct approach, which is applicable in open source world generally is to fork the project in GitHub (almost all add-ons have the repository there) and approach the author of the add-on with a pull request. In most cases authors of add-ons are favourable.

I know that sometimes ownerships of the open source projects have been transfered to new more enthusiastic hands. New projects have been created based on old ones too. Check the projects license file for possible restrictions. It is a best practice to mention all the prior art in readme and license notice. Also remember to check that license types match, preferably continue to use the same open source license as the original one.