He’s doing it under the name of Illusionmage. It’s not illegal, I suppose, since Blender is open source. There are also 6 hours of training videos. But I swear some of the screenshots there are from this forum.
Considering he just spends his time working on (and google bombing) his multiple websites instead of dealing with industry people, making movies, coding features, fixing bugs, hiring & managing devs, organizing conferences, attending trade shows, and whatever else Ton (and his merry band of blender developers) do instead of marketing blender then that isn’t too hard to accomplish.
Actually, I thought the Blender Foundation made most of its money from selling the movies like Elephant’s Dream, Big Buck Bunny, and Sintel and getting sponsors for the projects… Buying the movies is the best way of supporting the Blender Foundation.
I have bought a couple Blender books to work through and I would tell someone to do the same.
Those movies are done by the Blender Institute and even the movies are partly sponsored from Foundation money which mostly comes from the e-Shop (On Sintel iirc 30% presale, xx% sponsors, yy% film funds, zz% Foundation).
Edit: Of course buying the movies or becoming sponsor is also a very good way to support Blender
…my feeling is that anyone who finds themselves tempted by that type of marketing pretty much deserves to be parted with their money. after all, if its not going to that guy, it’ll just go to some 3am infomercial for a new set of knives.
First, they have no obligation to supply the source to any random person who requests it on the interwebs but only if they distribute blender to you personally.
Secondly, the FSF has nothing to do with blender or enforcing of the copyright (copyleft) on blender’s code base.
If you really want to be productive go and find all the sites where illusionmage is ‘reviewed’ and add in the comments how it is only a knock-off of blender which you can download for free at www.blender.org. That’s how this yahoo got 3DMagix as one of the top searches for ‘3d software’ (or some similar search term) and the only way to defeat him is by reverse google bombing his site.