Chris Pederick is the guy who makes the awesome Firefox Web Developer Toolbar, so he gets free beer from me if he ever needs to drop by Sioux Falls for any reason. We’ve talked up Chris’ toolbar since way back, and it takes CSS development from a headache to a sheer joy.
Chris notes on his blog today that a company (that I won’t link to) has shamelessly ripped off Web Developer to do an IE version, right down to stealing the icons and doc (even though their tool doesn’t do everything WebDev does, so the doc is wrong).
I find it sad that there are people who would abuse open source software in this way and even charge $24.95 for a license. This is certainly not about trying to stop any competition for the Web Developer extension – I have always been fully supportive of the Web Accessibility Toolbar and link to it from the Web Developer documentation.
I am not sure what my next steps will be, but I will post any follow-ups here…
If it turns out these guys have reused any of the code, it’s not just slimy, it’s illegal, since their stuff isn’t available under the GPL. The icons and doc alone probably count as ‘reuse’, depending on their licenses. That sucks.