O’Reilly has a pending trademark on “Web 2.0″, and his lawyer sent a cease and desist letter to IT@cork telling them they can’t call their upcoming conference “Web 2.0″.
Let’s repeat that slowly so it can sink in. Tim O’Reilly, the great documentation champion of the open source movement, wants to trademark “Web 2.0″, and he wants to keep a not-for-profit organization from using the term. That’s about as un-Web-2.0 as it gets, folks! As I understand it, Web 2.0 is all about collaboration and sharing…no? I guess not.
Perhaps we’re jumping on this too soon. Shel Israel has an ameliorative theory:
This just has to be one of those bone-headed things lawyers do when no one is looking.
Bone-headed is right, I just hope he’s also right that O’Reilly himself has nothing to do with it.
If this is where Web 2.0 is going, we’re definitely in need of an upgrade.