"Open source software company MySQL AB today announced
that an unauthorised party has set up a website on www.mysql.ORG in
direct violation of the trademark rights of MySQL AB and with the
apparent goal to confuse the huge worldwide community of MySQL
Michael "Monty" Widenius and David Axmark, co-founders of MySQL
AB and the creators of this world-leading open source database
software commented "We normally welcome new sites that focus on the
MySQLTM server, but this one violates our trademark and may lead
users to wrongfully believe it represents the people behind the
MySQLTM server. We were not contacted about this website and it
operates without our authorisation. We cannot recommend anybody to
visit that site."
The obscure .ORG site claims to offer free services, but a
registration is needed for downloading the software that apparently
has been copied from the official MySQL.com website. The .ORG site
fails to display information of the people or organisations behind
it. The domain was registered in the name of NuSphere Corporation,
a subsidiary of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), on 4
June 2001. Both companies sell proprietary, non-open software."
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