Suppose the author is from a country where it is not llegal?
I have never seen such hatred for a free program that works great and is supported very well. It seems people here can't stand to see a free program that works well when they have paid for one that they use. I wonder if some ripping programs come with a pack of KoolAid to be mixed and taken on command by the author.
More support is given in the Copy DVD forums for ripping programs by users then the authors anyway.
A good author looks and listens, then updates which happens to most programs without any direct contact with the author but thru forums like these.