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Alpha blogger silenced himself

Bloggers reactions to Jan Geirnaert's decision to kill his Skype-Gadgets and Skype-Watch blogs are a little over the top, in my opinion.  Jan didn't get a cease-and-desist letter from Skype, or from the firm they use for domain name cases.  He got a polite refusal from a lawyer when he asked if he could put the Skype name (as part of his domain name) on chopsticks.  Moreover, unless Skype was willing to extend him a license for that name, no other reply was possible or should have been expected. 

Chilling effect?  Not really.  Expected reaction? For sure! In fact, it was more like a slap on the hand than a "heavy gun".

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  • Moshe Maeir April 29, 2007, 7:25 am

    We must have telepathy… I was writing the same reaction at the same time you were :-)
    http://flatplanetphone.com/wordpress/?p=161

  • jan geirnaert | tropicaljantie April 29, 2007, 11:55 am

    maybe you missed reading this part “…. give you permissions to use the domains you have registered for any purpose, including blogging…” whether this comes in the format of just C/D note is not the point (not for me at least). the point is to understand what the to be enforced “standard” policy is on the matter skypethisthatwebsites.com. The chopstick and orang utan thing is an enterily different matter. nobody (not even I will argue about that…). I believe that the email is just the precursor of what is to come later.

  • Alec April 29, 2007, 4:06 pm

    Sure I read it Jan. It wasn’t a C&D, and as you point out there are all kinds of other people out there using the Skype name in blog names. Heck, Janusz has a bunch listed on the “friends of Skype” blogroll on the Share Skype blog. I think I would have taken a “wait and see” stance.

  • jan geirnaert | trop April 29, 2007, 4:20 pm

    Let's then also consider all the other blogsites that use skype in their domain-name. of course I am not important (as if I did not realize that). The point is that there are many more skypethisandthat blogs out there and I wonder what the "standard policy" is here. By the way. I have asked to be remove from the "friends of skype".

  • Andrew April 29, 2007, 7:13 pm

    I can’t believe this got as much blog interest as it did. Nothing to see hear people, please move on.

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