ora owns web2.0 - and will sue your ass if you try to use it

danny staple danny at orionrobots.co.uk
Sun May 28 00:00:48 BST 2006

On 27 May 2006 17:16:00 -0400, Jesse Vincent <jesse at fsck.com> wrote:
> You might want to get a bit more of the story from radar.oreilly.com.  El Reg isn't known for being unbiased....
> Best,
> Jesse

I read it Jesse, and as much as I enjoy reading O' Reilly stuff, I am
pretty amazed they were even *allowed* to trade mark Web 2.0, which I
thought was a general concept or natural progression that was being
arrived at as community participation reached unknown levels, data
presented itself in ways that could be infered from, interacted with,
collected and responded to in much more interesting ways and that it
had nothing in particular to do with one company or another. It is
just too much of an obvious thing to happen.

The only thing I wander is if O' Reilly thought it should be
trademarked before someone like MS or Oracle tried to do so instead.
Someone in the tradename registry should have had enough of a
braincell to have thrown this out though.

Maybe its time the community just threw out the term "web 2.0" and
called it "internet 2.0", then use some sort of copyleft registration
to stop any company trying to grab the thing as a tradename. Sure, let
them use it as *part* of a registered tradename, but not grab the
whole term. Its kind of like the tradename Windows. Can creative
commons be applied to a named term?

Danny Staple MBCS
(Full contact details available through website)

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