…for pretty blatant trademark infringement.
As reported by Andrew Allemann of Domain Name Wire, Yablon also owns several other “WordPress” domains.
The defendants own a number of WordPress related domain names including TheWordPressHelpDesk.com, TheWordPressTrainers.com, TheWordPressTeachers.com, TheWordPressDoctors.com, WordPressTraffic.com and TheWordPressTutors.com. These domain names forward to TheWordPressHelpers.com.
It seems like The WordPress Foundation has historically been pretty forgiving when it comes to not litigating to defend their clearly documented trademark policy, usually reserving legal action for pretty egregious instances of trademark infringement (i.e. combined with malware distribution), typically relying on a crowdsourced response of WordPress community members to help unaware domain owners steer clear of them.
Yablon, however, repeatedly ignored warnings in many tweets he was sent about it, like this one. Usually deflecting the concerns with downright bizarre language.
In the past, I’ve come across people who are unaware of the domain policy, and informed them of it. They’re typically pretty thankful for the heads up, and end up forwarding their domain to a “wp” equivalent, which is allowed under the policy.
In a case where such advice is so willfully ignored, all I can say is I wish the WordPress Foundation acted sooner.
Pinging @richardbest for his thoughts as well.