Ben - you are welcome to post the code that you "spent hours working on", and to which you gave a "new lease on life", as a separate Project (with proper attribution). The GPL gives anyone the right to take an existing Gnu project and use it in new project. We would be happy to host it. So, Brian hasn't "killed" anything.
Brian - you are under no obligation to do anything with your project. Neither the GPL nor OpenNTF's IP Policy require contributors to update their projects.
If either of you does make a new posting, I would be happy to review it for IP issues, so that it can be placed into the Catalog.
OpenNTF IP Manager