What if you helped a company overcome an unsolved problem that affects thousands of its users and you did it because you love the products? You are also not paid and then this happens...
Creative, maker of Soundblaster, recently sent a cease and desist letter to Daniel_K. He is guilty of creating drivers that work on Vista for some of Creative's older hardware and accepting donations for his hard work.
Creative should have sent this letter instead of un-selling. Creative, go ahead and use this letter - we promise not to send you a nasty-gram.
We are so appreciative of your hard work! Since we are developing new technologies, we are grateful to have raving fans like yourself who are willing to develop software for our legacy devices. Contributions like yours make the Creative experience all the better. We are developing a campaign of Creative Heroes to recognize people, such as yourself, for living the Creative brand. This campaign will include a page on the Creative website that has your picture and tells your story and those like you, who go above and beyond to make our products better. Additionally, we would be pleased to host your drivers on our site as a user developed file. We hope you will also accept this as an apology for our previous letter.
VP Corporate Communications
Creative Labs Inc.