Hey Mike - In this world full of happy coincidences, I do believe you and I have been discussing this matter on two fronts. Did you not post something similar over on the Daves Computer Tips blog?
I am connected with only the two sites, FreewareBB and Daves Computer Tips. You happen to frequent both - a happy coincidence indeed!!
Just a couple of points from your replies mate:
The vast majority of primary downloads are already available via other freeware download sites who do not emulate CNET's practice...except for the CNET exclusives of course.
We are not complaining about it - we are condemning it. Our reports are of a cautionary nature, and broadening awareness is a proactive response.
Cheers and beers...Jim