There is something rather hypocritical about this latest intellectual property legal dust up.
O’Reilly, the publishing company run by Tim O’Reilly, is claiming a trademark on the term “Web 2.0” and is using its lawyers to force a not-for-profit company to drop it from the name of a conference.
If you read O’Reilly’s definition of Web 2.0, the whole concept is based on web applications using open standards and largely open source software to harness the “collective intelligence” of everyone on the internet.
In other words, they believe all of this stuff is supposed to be freely available to anyone who wants to use it. Except the name.