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Cisco Muscles Jeremy Cioaro out of

By stretch | Monday, April 5, 2010 at 12:45 a.m. UTC

Since December 2005, renowned Cisco networking trainer Jeremy Cioaro (of CBT Nuggets fame) has run a casual blog at 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, Cisco "agents" have come. I was contacted by Cisco a couple weeks ago stating that violates their trademark. Being that 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 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.

Posted in Rants


April 5, 2010 at 2:32 a.m. UTC

That's just lame. He's a huge Cisco fan and they're slapping the guy in the face. Not impressed at all. I like your idea of dedicating it to Cisco, TX!

April 5, 2010 at 3:16 a.m. UTC

Jeremy Ciaro is an asset to Cisco, not a liability.

This heavy-handed, short-sighted behaviour makes Cisco look bad.

Not impressed Cisco, not impressed.

April 5, 2010 at 4:12 a.m. UTC

This is a dick move plain and simple. Something I would expect from Dana White or Disney. The dude has even written for Cisco Press and is probably responsible for my one shorting exams thanks to his clarity and humor in CBT Nuggets and other videos. I too am not impressed. Great Matrix reference.

April 5, 2010 at 6:06 a.m. UTC

I'm a great fan of Jeremy, I have numerous CBT Nuggets. I listen to the nuggets with the speed set to fast, it's hilarious sometimes. If you set the speed to slow, it's even funnier, sounds like he's teaching with a bottle (or three) of JD inside him.

Anyway, I agree, he's an absolute credit to Cisco and not someone they should be fighting. Seems to me Cisco are holding a big smoking gun, and it's pointed directly at both their feet.

BTW - it's Jeremy Cioara (not Ciaro) !!

April 5, 2010 at 8:23 a.m. UTC

Idiots. I really can't understand why they would do that? Jeremy was promoting cisco much better then a lot of their sales and marketing people.

April 5, 2010 at 8:47 a.m. UTC

His name is Jeremy Cioara

and he's pretty famous, his CBTs are the best on the market for CCxP preparation:




April 5, 2010 at 9:47 a.m. UTC

His last name is Cioara no Cairo. Anyway he is a good teacher the blog is not important at all.

Jesse Krembs
April 5, 2010 at 12:27 p.m. UTC

Ah Cisco, making friends the old fashioned way...this is pretty much standard Cisco SOP. The conjecture that someone inside Cisco might have sicked the lawyers on may not be accurate. It mostly likley copyright/branding lawyers making themselves some money. Some very vocal complaining to Cisco marketing and a big stink on a major geek sight would probaly change the situation. (boingboing, rredit etc..

April 5, 2010 at 1:35 p.m. UTC

Maybe Cioara should start a JuniperBlog and crank out some nuggets for the. Juniper has been GUNNING for Cisco's customers as of late, and that'll be the quickest way for Cioara to cut into Cisco's bottom line.

April 5, 2010 at 2:19 p.m. UTC

the jerks!!

April 5, 2010 at 2:46 p.m. UTC

"Cisco" is their trademark, not "CiscoBlog", neither do I think they could throw off a "San FranCisco" blog.

I would have fought it. Just to do it.

Everybody go get your own commodity hardware and run Vyatta Open Source Router. That'll fricking (san frickin Cisco) teach them.

Wait, I can't say Cisco ... it's a tradeFark.

April 5, 2010 at 7:08 p.m. UTC

How about Cisc0blog? or C1scoblog? I could go on and 0n. ;) Too bad - I agree with everyone else about Jermey - his CCNP CBT Nuggets rock - I like that he verbalizes everything - so if one were to say, convert them to mp3, one could still listen only to them and understand.

April 6, 2010 at 4:43 a.m. UTC

why would they want to pick on this guy? I think of Jeremy as the Bob Ross of Networking, the guy is awesome.

one of the reasons I like open source. no corporate wieners going after the weaker as if they are doing damage. in this case it's the total opposite.

April 6, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. UTC

Flipin Cisco..........Yes, go get Vyatta!

April 7, 2010 at 11:40 a.m. UTC

He must have thousands of direct and indirect disciples, including me, who got inspired by his style of teaching and decided to jump into this field full time. Yes, by profession I am electrical engineer but thanks to the learning and motivation from his videos I did my CCNA, did my CCNP and now am aiming for CCIE. I work full time in this field now.

Cisco should praise and encourage his efforts. He is doing a great job.

April 8, 2010 at 12:45 a.m. UTC

I feel bad for Jeremy, letting Cisco push him around like that. It wasn't clear from his post what actually happened, but if all he said was "how about some free tshirts then" then I really can't feel that bad as a 600,000 hit/month domain must not have been that important to him.

I'd be interested to know if this was some sort of automated attempt by the Cisco legal dept to clear out and pick up some Cisco domain names/websites. If all they have to do is threaten legal action and everyone gives them what they want than there's really no downside to them going around and doing it all the time. If they meet any resistance they can just say "sorry, our bad" and stop, otherwise they get free stuff. Sounds like a good deal to me.

April 8, 2010 at 3:32 p.m. UTC

LOL... That is all

A guest
April 10, 2010 at 5:47 p.m. UTC

squat on the domain forever! make them pay through the both ends for it

May 26, 2010 at 11:57 p.m. UTC

I also Jeremy FAN's, feel to bad cisco do that. but now i looked his change his blog name become the blog are still simple but cool.

August 4, 2010 at 1:44 p.m. UTC is now redirected to One letter change.

October 17, 2010 at 12:01 p.m. UTC

To be honest with you bloody Cisco, it was all because of Jeremy that made me in love with ur products. Jeremy made my networking life more fun. Stupid move by cisco

December 29, 2010 at 11:26 p.m. UTC

I think Jeremys comments sum up the situation quite well and true to his character does not take it personally. Everyone knows he is a huge Cisco ambasador and quite right, Cisco should send him some tee-shirts after the lawyers have had their fun...maybe even a couple of new routera to play least.

April 5, 2011 at 5:57 a.m. UTC

Just unearthed his blog in case anyone failed to find it

April 28, 2011 at 5:10 p.m. UTC

Cisco is good , Jermey is Best.

July 21, 2011 at 8:01 a.m. UTC

they should reward you , you taught a lot of candidates who payed for exams and books and even bought some devices and help them invest in their respective companies which went back for sure on Cisco with alot of benfits...

cheer up you are my master at honored to me to see you as a great teacher.

September 10, 2011 at 11:32 p.m. UTC

Jeremy is just awesome! I respect him a lot! I don't know what problem Cisco had & even don't wanna get into this at all! The all I know is Jeremy is one of the best trainers I have ever seen & when it comes to Cisco my mind doesn't let me pay attention to any other trainer but Jeremy.

Jeremy Cioara....Rocks!

November 30, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. UTC

Gotta kind of "Russian" feel to the whole thing. Shame on you Cisco.

May 30, 2012 at 8:55 a.m. UTC

I am shocked to hear this!!! Why would Cisco do such a crazy thing?

June 21, 2012 at 9:20 a.m. UTC

does anyone know how i could get hold of all of Jeremy's videos?

February 28, 2013 at 9:26 a.m. UTC

Jermy are the best trainer in world

July 4, 2013 at 9:32 a.m. UTC

Totally agree ..a seemilngly shortsighted move. I know lots of ppl who love this guy and swear by him. Cisco should offer him a contract.

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