Independent developers who create a fork of the Brave browser without ads and the BAT token changed the name of their browser from Braver to Bold due to pressure from the creators of the original project.
The Braver browser that appeared as a result of the Brave fork is now called Bold Browser. The browser development team reported that the name change was caused by “legal threats” due to the fact that the name “Braver” is too similar to “Brave”. The developers wrote:
“Due to legal threats sent to a member of our community by a certain party, and especially after threats to cause financial damage, we immediately change the name and remove all associations with the” browser whose name should not be named”.
The CEO of the original Brave team, Brendan Eich, stated on the social network Twitter that Brave did take legal action against the braver fork for illegal use of the trademark. He said:
“We protect our trademarks like Mozilla and other trademark holders. This has nothing to do with the open source code we use for our browser code, and the fact that we welcome requests to include code and forks on Github. The open source license does not grant trademark rights, these are legally unrelated things.”
A team of independent developers decided to release their own version of the decentralized browser Brave without partner links, advertising SOFTWARE, and the Basic Attention token (BAT) soon after information appeared about redirecting Brave users to built-in partner links to cryptocurrency exchanges when entering the site name in the address bar.
Subsequently, the Brave team officially apologized for the story with referral links. The developers of Brave said that the AutoFill feature, which directs users to partner links, will be removed.