Legal dispute breaks out over Web 2.0

A non-profit organisation for IT professionals has been hit with a cease-and-desist letter by lawyers for media giant CMP in a dispute over use of the term Web 2.0.

A non-profit organisation for IT professionals has been hit with a cease-and-desist letter by lawyers for media giant CMP in a dispute over use of the term Web 2.0.

Web 2.0 is widely used to refer to the next generation of the world wide web. But [email protected], a networking organisation for IT professionals in southwest Ireland, received the legal letter after publicising its “Web 2.0 Half Day Conference”, a free event for its members.

The letter, reproduced on the blog of [email protected] seering committee member Tom Raftery, says the network’s use of Web 2.0 is “a flagrant violation of CMP’s trademark rights” and demands written assurance within ten days that it will stop using the term.

“CMP has a pending application for registration of Web 2.0 as a service mark for arranging and conducting live events, namely trade shows, expositions, business conferences and educational conferences in various fields of computers and information technology,” the letter says.

[email protected]’s “use of the Web 2.0 mark” without CMP’s authorisation or consent “directly violates” the media firm’s exclusive rights, it claims.

But in a later legal letter, also posted on Raftery’s blog, lawyers for CMP say the company “would be willing to allow” [email protected] to continue to use the Web 2.0 title “for this year only”, given that the event is on 8 June, providing the IT professionals network agrees not to use the term for future conferences.

The furore prompted one IT professional to buy the internet domain name web2pointzeroconference.com and auction it on eBay to raise funds for [email protected].

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