Tim O’Reilly Sends a Cease and Desist to a Non Profit Over the Use of the Term “Web 2.0,” What a Load of Crap
Original photo by x180 borrowed and derived under the beautiful Creative Commons attribution free to make derivative works license. Thank you James and hah! Good luck suing me now Tim!
Update: Please see this post for an apology from me as well as my current thinking on this situation.
Update: I probably shouldn’t have called Tim O’Reilly an asshole and have given this matter more thought and have blogged my thoughts here.
This is unbelievable to me. Some guy named brady over at O’Reilly Media is out this morning actually trying to justify sending a cease and desist letter to someone else for using the term Web 2.0. Well not actually Brady, per se, but he throws some person named Sara Winge under the bus apparently at King Tim O’Reilly’s request. What kind of crazy world are we living in?
I suppose Mike Arrington’s probably next on the hit list (Web 2.0 Seattle party? What were you thinking buddy? Doh!) and it looks like I’ll need to go scrub my blog to change all the references from Web 2.0 to Web 2.1. In fact, right now I hereby claim all rights to not only Web 2.1 but Web 2.2, Web 2.3, Web 2.4, Web 2.5, Web 3.0, Web 4.0, Web 5.0, and well when I get around to it I’ll do some more claiming. Oh and “Hot Donkey” that one too, that one belongs to me. Don’t you dare try to put on the “Hot Donkey” Conference or I will come after your ass big time. And any derivation of “Hot Donkey” also is mine. “Hot Ass” “Warm Donkey” don’t even think about them, they’re all mine.
Oh by the way, it’s not Tim himself who’s defending this act of stupidity this morning in the blogosphere it’s some guy named Brady. According to Brady’s post, Tim’s “off the grid” and on “vacation.” And before you try and get too smart I wouldn’t be using the terms “off the grid” or even “vacation” anymore either unless you want Brady and Tim to sue your ass.
So until Tim O’Reilly apologizes for this asinine move I’m going to start using the term Web 2.1 whenever I mean Web 2.0. It will be a (wink, wink) code word just between you and me to mean some kind of web services thing that’s all ajaxy like. And not that Thomas Hawk would ever be asked to speak at an O’Reilly conference but it might be kind of nice if when asked in the future the Web 2.1 big wigs declined O’Reilly’s request with a reason like, “uh, you know Tim, I’d, uh, really like to participate and all, but, uh, well, uh, I’m afraid you might try to sue me for using my own name after the fact, sorry buddy.”
Hey, nice asshole move by the way O’Reilly going after a non-profit. IT@Cork, my advice to you is to just ignore this piece of stupidity and when O’Reilly’s lawyers finally call just answer back into the phone, “what! I can’t hear you, talk louder!” Keep saying this over and over again until they hang up.
You can check out this amazing piece of legal literature on Flickr here.