Another lawyer story. Cory Doctorow makes some nice points here. Personally, everytime I hear of a company trying to clamp down on how people use a word, consept or phrase, like Web 2.0 I feel that the final effect is to hurt the spreading of the consept. No one is going to love O’Reilly after this, the only people profiting on it are the lawyers. So here’s a new consept/phrase: “Keep the lawyers unhappy”. You can reprint that one for free. You can even start a conference about it. No wait, that would be the CC conference.
O’Reilly Media have taken a ton of criticism for attempting to enforce a service mark against a nonprofit group in Ireland that wanted to have “Web 2.0” conference.