With its status of Free Open Source Software, Blender is a natural place for brainstorming of 3D community.
There is nothing surprising that interesting ideas freely shared are adopted by commercial software.
That is one of Blender’s goal.
But that would be clearly an unfair behaviour from Maxon to deny that Blender’s 2.8 project was a source of inspiration.
Maxon is not legally constrained to recompense Blender’s community for its intellectual work.
But it is a fact that Maxon is attributing to itself as its intellectual property the work done by volunteers sharing their ideas, here or on right click select.
The least that Maxon should morally do is to give something back to Blender’s community.
They should allow Blender to get rid of last operator panel and allow such panel as a tab in Properties Editor.
Or they should give a part of their benefits from this release to Blender Foundation.
Blender is free. A part of its users are using it because they are broke and can not afford even an indie license. If such guy is making a proposal on right click select, and this proposal is made by an enterprise that has more money and man power than Blender’s foundation.
The end result, whatever the law is saying, is that a poor guy or a kid is contributing to enrich somebody else by making a pertinent and smart request about a design issue that would not be solved for him.
Recognizing that Blender’s contributors ideas are worthy to be integrated to their software but not making a donation to Blender Foundation is the contrary of a mark of respect.
That could sound completely crazy to ask Maxon to contribute to Blender’s development fund, if you think that Blender is a competitor.
But reality is that Blender is not the competitor of any 3D software.
It is outside of competition because it does not have the means to compete.
Other software will always have a cleaner plus compared to Blender.
Blender is a melting pot where any company can bring something and collect gold from.
The minimum decency is to let a coin to the creator of the melting pot after using it.
If you are interested into Cinema 4D because of this new interface, you should ask them to make a donation to Blender Foundation.
Blender users should not just be proud to have been copied.
They should rise their voices to ask for respect that should be translated as a little recompense.