The Hiveway source code is forked from Mastodon
Hiveway currently has the following differences over Mastodon:
- Ethereum Blockchain integration
- UI was redesigned to be more friendly and with less items
- There is no Federated Timeline
- Mastodon branding replaced with Hiveway branding
a) The work must carry prominent notices stating that you modified it, and giving a relevant date.
And a (summary) reading of the license has no mention that retaining branding is required for "Conveying Modified Source Versions" and is probably a copyright violation if they did it.
The only thing I really see they did "wrong" is pulling commits without retaining the original committers ID and I'm not even sure that's even against the AGPL since that information would be lost if they distributed the sources as a tarball (which is perfectly fine).
And of course, open source is meant to be forked, I don't see the need to call it a "rip off". As far as a changing the branding, that's practically required generally if you want to make a fork and not step on someone's brand/trademark.
As far as "rewriting history" (giving them the benefit of doubt) I'd say they're cherrypicking patches that apply cleanly and modifying ones that don't just under their own git user ID instead of doing some git merge magic to ensure the original committer's ID is retained.
The Hiveway platform raised more than a few eyebrows today with an announcement by none other than John McAfee...
Oh. I suppose once you’ve fried your brains on designer bath salts and murdered a neighbor, ripping off something like Mastadon for profit doesn’t even register.