Braver, a fork of the Brave browser, announced a name change due to legitimate threats from the developers of the original project.
Braver is now called Bold Browser. The controversy arose because the name Brave is too related to Braver.
Brave CEO Brendan Eich confirmed that he intended to take legal action due to trademark infringement. “If you do not protect a trademark, then you can lose it. That is the most common standard and a must for any business. Mozilla used to protect Firefox in such a way, and, as far as I know, it does it now as necessary,” he wrote.
“This has nothing to do with the open-source code that we use in our browser,” Eich said in a comment to Decrypt. “An open-source license does not give a trademark license; they are not legally connected.”
The Braver fork was launched in June after it turned out that Brave secretly uses the autocomplete function of its referral links on several sites, including Binance, Coinbase, Ledger, and Trezor.
A team of independent developers decided to release their version of Brave without associate links and the BAT token. Then Eich answered one of the former Brave users on Twitter: "Good luck. They are going to have to rename it, as well as launch a bunch of services and updates. There will be no free use of our servers."