IT@Cork is a not-for-profit networking organisation for IT professionals. IT@Cork organises regular information and networking events which are free for its members.
One of these events – the upcoming Web 2.0 half-day conference is the target of a cease and desist letter (below) from the legal team of O’Reilly publishers. Basically O’Reilly are claiming to have applied for a trademark for the term “Web 2.0” and therefore IT@Cork can’t use the term for its conference. Apparantly use of the term “Web 2.0” is a “flagrant violation” of their trademark rights!
Ironically I invited Tim O’Reilly to speak at this conference last February and his response (which I received on 15th of February) was
I would love to be able to do it, but my schedule is just too full for an additional international trip.
So Tim was aware of the event in February but decided to wait until 2 weeks before the conference to set the lawyers on us.
As I mentioned, IT@Cork is a not-for-profit organisation and doesn’t have the resources available to O’Reilly – what do people suggest we do?
[Disclosure – I am on the steering committee of IT@Cork and the organising committee of the Web 2.0 conference.]