The code is identical and the only difference is cosmetic updates to the readme.txt
That said? Not illegal. In fact, by the GPL license you agreed to, which is actually listed IN your plugin, this is … fine.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
I’d say it’s a bit shitty not to credit you in the info, but it’s legally fine.
Like Ipstenu said, you may have granted people the right to act like this. I looked at your source code and you correctly claim to use the GNU General Public Licence (but fail to attach the licens file, which you are required to do – it’s here: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txt).
If you look under section 7b you find that you may “supplement the terms” with among other things:
“b) Requiring preservation of specified reasonable legal notices or author attributions in that material or in the Appropriate Legal Notices displayed by works containing it”
I can’t see that you did.
So it’s nasty in every way, but perhaps not illegal (I’m no lawyer) to do what he/she did. I do however second that the plugin should be removed for ethical reasons alone.
i guess it’s not illegal, but let’s call people out anyway
not just the code, the text & even 2 of the screenshots, the dumbass even left the original author’s email in one of them!
Let’s not call people out. There’s no need to be a finger-pointer unless there’s something actually wrong.
Also the code is mostly the same, but different in some places (design_form.php, and the addition of internationalization) and the plugin clearly states:
* This program was modified from Ajax Contact Form plugin, version 1.0.0, * Copyright (C) 2011 Richard Gigs, released under the GNU General Public License.
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