I’m afraid I won’t be one of the commentors brown-nosing O’Reilly for his response to the Web 2.0 debacle. His point-by-point response is contradictory and disingenuous imho. Here’s how it should have read:
- It wasn’t me, nobody saw me do it, you can’t prove anything.
- Although I did actually know about it four months ago.
- Look, all these other people have trademarks. They’re specific marks for actual things they have a genuine right to, but that’s not important.
- Again, I did actually know about it, but it wasn’t me/us, nobody saw me/us do it, you can’t prove anything.
- We’re sowwy we scared oo Tom (big wuss). But the law says we have to protect our/their marks, even if they’re generic phrases we/they have no right to.
- We/they don’t really want the “Web 2.0” mark at all! We/they only want it as it applies to conferences! That’s why we/they threatened you with our/their “Web 2.0 Conferences” mark. Didn’t we/they? Umm…
- Blah, blah blah blah, buzzword, blah, namedrop, blah blah, further deflection to innocent OSS project, blah.
- It’s ours, but it’s yours, it’s ours, but it’s yours, it’s ours, but it’s yours.
- It wasn’t me/us, nobody saw me/them do it, you can’t prove anything.
When he could have just said this, in which case I’d have a shedload more respect for him:
- It wasn’t just us, but yes, we screwed up.
- We’re really sorry.
- We’ll drop the trademark immediately.
- Disregard all previous communications.
- Congrats on the babs Tom!
It doesn’t matter a damn in the end, it was a storm in a teacup, I just hate to see this kind of guff going on. People like O’Reilly should know better.
Sorry Adam, I missed it – where did he apologise to me?
He didn’t Tom. He apologised to IT@Cork, and said you should apologise to him; which is exactly my point. I hope you won’t be doing so.
Too late – http://www.tomrafteryit.net/sorry-tim/
I don’t think he deserved if for that wishy-washy response, and I think it a bit rich of him to ask for a personal apology when he was too ignorant to do the same himself. He should apologise in return for his accusation that you were sh*tstirring. He can bite my tiny winkle either way, there’ll be no more books with cute animals on the cover on my bookshelf.