Video Downloader Professional prompts to switch default search engine to their Google affiliate code

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3 years ago
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(Reporter: lmandel, Unassigned, NeedInfo)

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Video Downloader Professional prompt to change default search provider

As shown in the screenshot, Video Downloader Professional, which I installed from AMO, prompted me to switch default search engines to theirs at which point they will unlock more features. I think it's counter productive to Mozilla sustainability to host an add-on that encourages users to change their default search provider simply so that they can make the revenue off of search traffic instead of Mozilla. Can we please speak with the add-on author about curbing this practice and finding another source of revenue?
As long as the feature is opt-in, we allow it: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/developers/docs/policies/reviews#section-defaults. Other add-ons do the same. Getting any revenue from add-ons is extremely difficult, so I'm not keen in telling a developer just to find some other way.
I think there's a difference between asking users to switch search engines, and requiring that they do so in order to enable certain features. I don't think we've ever allowed the latter.
We've allowed additional features to be non-free, which isn't so different from this case.
I filed this over a year ago and was about to file it again today. It rubs me the wrong way that this add-on is encouraging users to change our default search.

ni mconnor for feedback from the bd team.
Flags: needinfo?(mconnor)
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