Since December 2005, renowned Cisco networking trainer Jeremy Cioaro (of CBT Nuggets fame) has run a casual blog at ciscoblog.com. Unfortunately, it seems that just recently someone inside Cisco has decided they don't like this, and the legal goons have been dispatched:
Well, after 5 fun years of running CiscoBlog.com, Cisco "agents" have come. I was contacted by Cisco a couple weeks ago stating that CiscoBlog.com violates their trademark. Being that CiscoBlog.com gets 600,000 hits monthly (isn't that amazing?!?) I thought I could at least get a box of t-shirts out of the whole deal. Unfortunately, the response went something like, "Mr. Anderson...this is a legal matter. We don't negotiate."
So...I have until July 4th to find a new domain name. I guess if I owned Cisco, I wouldn't want some hoodlum posting at CiscoBlog.com...so I understand the complaint.
...I just wanted a box of t-shirts out of the whole thing... :o)
While one can understand Cisco wanting to protect its trademark, this seems wholly unnecessary and downright mean. Cioaro (who I've always pictured as the Ned Flanders of networking) seems to have no intention of fighting Cisco's 800-pound legal gorilla, so we'll probably just see his blog moved to a new domain in the near future. Personally, I would also keep the old domain and rededicate it to the happenings of Cisco, Texas, just out of spite.