Infringement of Software Informer copyrights

12 years ago

It is with sincere regret that we have recently discovered that Brothersoft, a once respectable company that has been long known for its web resources and software applications, including Orbit Downloader, has resorted to unfair forms of competition by cloning our Software Informer Client program and positioning it as their own product under a different title ("ProgSense") and stealing our copyrighted software reviews to place them at their Recipester site without any attribution. Their program lacks some of the features of SI Client (e.g. it doesn't discriminate between releases and beta versions, and features no proxy support), and introduces several cosmetic changes to the interface - which nevertheless remains easily recognizable. We are including the following screenshots to illustrate the obvious similarity of the products. We consider this behavior absolutely inappropriate and are going to start legal actions against Brothersoft and their partners shortly. The main window comprises the same two tabs, both providing basically the same functionality. The number of questions and comments (called "Reviews") can only be seen after clicking on a program's entry. There is also no menu that would allow the user to customize notifications or run/uninstall a program. The "Settings" window lacks additional tabs related to proxy settings and application launcher, as the program itself doesn't offer either. The main settings are basically the same, with the only exception of beta version notifications being substituted with automatic updates of ProgSense itself. The pop-up message of the "Refresh" button remains unchanged for the most part. The updates notification message hasn't been altered at all. The tray balloon notification retains a similar design, up to the choice of colors. The main entries of the tray icon's context menu are the same. The error message is the same, albeit shorter. The pages of programs themselves contain descriptions written by our staff members, but these descriptions feature no attribution whatsoever. The personal page retains the message about hiding the list of installed software.

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