Asa blogged about the new Reporter tool, and got comments like “Another feature nicked from Opera. Sigh.”
Can we call it a day on such pointless posturing? Opera had some cool features first, we had other cool features first, and the same for Safari, Konqueror and IE. I don’t care who invented it; if it’s useful to the userbase of your browser, you should be able to include it. User interfaces haven’t been copyrightable since Apple vs. Microsoft, and I would hope no-one in the browser market would stoop so low as to sue another browser manufacturer for software patent infringement. Copying someone else is a sign of respect, not weakness – it means they got it right, and you want to acknowledge that.