When Mozilla trademarked Firefox, many people complained loudly. How dared Mozilla trademark a name related to open source and free software... I did not complain. I made comments, because the original trademark policy needed some light clarifications, but I did not complain at all. I found it perfectly wise and normal for Mozilla to protect the name of its flagship product to avoid clones of Firefox under the same name/logo. I never found the trademark harmful to the Open Source nature of Firefox and still think the free zealots who switched the name/logo to Iceweasel are stupid fanatics. Ubuntu's name and logo are protected too and they never shout at that.

So when I started working on my current new editor, I did the same and trademarked BlueGriffon immediately.

And since a pure copy of http://bluegriffon.org appeared some days ago under the URL http://bluegriffon.FR, it was a good idea. The site was such a copy of mine that the TM signs, the logo, the prose, the images, everything was copied. The download links were changed, the contact emails were changed and more important, ads were added... The cybersquatter behind that is apparently well known to copy/abuse very visible open source or free projects to drive ad-based income.

Here, thanks to the TM registration, a cease-and-desist letter was enough. The domain is now in the hands of my company even if the DNS changes are not widely spread yet. A legal action would have given the same result : TM infringement was clear, and AFNIC rules were clearly in our favor.

So thanks Mozilla, thanks a lot for the lesson. Sincerely.