Absolutely outrageous and unacceptable.
I predict the pushback on this is going to be so severe that it is reversed within days if not hours.
Just wrong on so many levels -- not to mention it's going to result in freeware authors reputations being harmed as users blame them for something cnet is doing.
It's just so far outside of acceptable behavior -- the outrage is going to be withering. I give cnet 24 hours before they completely abandon this and being an apology tour.
And I give it 48 before all those "Remove my software before we sue you" e-mails hit their desks.
What they have done, shows they have no care for anybody they serve, or the developers who are listed on there.
Like its already been said, Devs find their stuff on there when they never even submitted it, so if they don't specifically look to see if they ARE listed, how the hell would they know they are on there...thats not exactly giving permission for them to mirror (steal) your software for THEIR benefit. Ignorance is the route of all evil, and is certainly not bliss in any sence of the word.
For me, CNET has just been removed from my bookmarks and I will never be using the service again. The mere fact they would even THINK about this, makes me shudder. I hate all things that have bloatware, and if DC did it (I know it won't), I would also leave here, as many many people also would. They have just instantly lost the trust of millions upon millions of people in one stupid move, and Developers are going to be going crazy (Those who have bloatware ALREADY in their software are going to be even more pisses as they will lose out on revenue!)