Tim O’Reilly has responded to the whole Web 2.0 trademark/C&D fiasco of the last number of days.
In his response Tim apologises to IT@Cork:
I apologize to IT@Cork for the organizational failure that led to them getting a legal letter rather than a simple email query or phone call.
Thanks Tim, I will accept your apology on behalf of IT@Cork.
Tim goes on to say that he believes I owe him an apology
I think Tom owes us an apology for the way he responded.
He is right, of course – I should have dropped him an email first rather than posting on the blog. Frankly, it didn’t occur to me. Sorry Tim.
I did the same thing to Tracy Sheridan after I had problems participating in her initial Waxxi interactive podcast with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel. I had her email address as well but I blogged. Should I have emailed her? Possibly but blogging has become my natural response to events like this.
Maybe I need to re-think how I respond, in the future.
After reading about IT@Cork’s recent legal tussle with O’Reilly’s over the use of the term Web 2.0 in our upcoming conference, Keith Bohanna has bought the domain Web2PointZeroConference.com!
He is auctioning it on Ebay with all proceeds to be donated to IT@Cork. The last time i checked the bidding was up to over â‚¬200! Woo! Let the bidding war begin!
Of course I couldn’t condone use of that domain for anything unethical – as Fr. Ted would say, “Down with that sort of thing!”
I am organising a Web 2.0 mini-conference for IT@Cork for early June of this year. I have some good speakers lined up but I’d love to get Tim O’Reilly along to speak since he wrote a seminal piece on Web 2.0.
Also, the fact that Tim is from Cork originally and this is an IT@Cork mini-conference, can’t hurt!
I checked the O’Reilly Radar site and sent an email to the contact address there but i have heard nothing back so i don’t know if Tim read the email and is too busy to respond or didn’t see it.
If anyone has contact details for Tim, can you email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org? Or leave suggestions in the comments?