Tim on Web 2.0 and Trademarks

By Deane Barker on May 31, 2006

Web 2.0 Service Mark Controversy (Tim responding this time): Tim O’Reilly responds to the “Web 2.0” trademark controversy which has apparently been pretty hateful over the last week.

O’Reilly also values its trademarks — as do other companies and individuals aligned with the values of openness and sharing. (I’ll note that Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds, that Apache is a trademark of the Apache Software Foundation, Mozilla and Firefox are trademarks of the Mozilla Foundation, Wikipedia is a trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, and so on.) At O’Reilly, we’ve even had to send a cease-and-desist letter once, to a company that was publishing technical books with the picture of an animal on the cover. That’s what trademark law is for

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