Why do people copy extensions?

Found this extension [Site Blocker](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/site-blocker/npfefgkhblhhgcngndgecbeoaabeclee) on the store today which has 50k users. This extension is a copy of my extension [Site Blocker](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/site-blocker/iidjganfookokdegjdooifiadlloahgo) except my contact e-mail and donation link have been removed.

It is a free extension w/ no transactions, so I'm personally not too troubled by this - but I don't understand why someone would copy my extension?

**Update:** I've reported the extension and Google successfully removed it from the web store! The bad actors that copied the extension have retaliated by spamming my extension with 1 star reviews. Marking the fake reviews as spam.

3 thoughts on “Why do people copy extensions?”

  1. Money! I’ve had [my extension](https://github.com/polywock/globalSpeed) copied as well. In [his version](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/speedup-netflix-prime-vid/pldkddbkbcedophgedaeofceedjcaehl), he added a script to replace all amazon links with his affiliate version ([check content.js](https://robwu.nl/crxviewer/?crx=https%3A%2F%2Fchrome.google.com%2Fwebstore%2Fdetail%2Fspeedup-netflix-prime-vid%2Fpldkddbkbcedophgedaeofceedjcaehl)). That way he earns a commission on all purchases the users make. He’s currently at over 20K users (mine is at 6K for reference).

    Of course, I’ve reported to Google. But, so far, no action. Seems like they don’t care about this brand of scam. To their credit, Mozilla removed the Firefox version after I reported it.

    My extension has since diverged. But, I could originally tell he copied it because of CSS styles he forgot to remove. Artifacts of copying my code.


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