Alpha blogger silenced himself

by alec on April 29, 2007

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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