on the internets today:
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As a comparison, here’s the notice at the bottom of DailyKos (who’s notably absent from OSM™’s blogroll) :
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The jury may still be out on whether or not OSM™ is a thinly-disguised conservative blog circlejerk, one thing is already clear. They’re not open source. I’ve always considered the intentional misuse of buzzwords to be a MSM™ phenomenon, but the guys in pajamas sure are quick learners.
but wait theres more, the original Open Source Media blogged this afternoon about the fact that indeed they own the rights to the name, that they’ve been around longer, and if you simply use a search engine when youre scouting out names you would have found them:
So this morning I got an email from a listener with the following subject header:
“did someone steal your name?”
Hm. A company that used to call itself Pajamas Media now calls itself Open Source Media, which is — scroll down to our legal notice — kind of exactly what we call ourselves. They’ve collected $3.5 million in venture capital, and, to celebrate their re-naming of our already-named name, they’re holding an event at the Rainbow Room.
So what to do. A couple of blogs — Atrios, Stephen den Beste, Dennis the Peasant, Begging to Differ, Homocon — have picked up on this already, unprompted, perhaps because if you Google “open source media”, we’re the third result. Presumably the new “Open Source Media” Googled their new name before they settled on it?
Don’t get us wrong; we didn’t invent the idea of working with bloggers to make media, we certainly didn’t invent the concept “open source,” and there’s plenty of room for everyone to do what we’ve been doing. But they chose the same name that we established in May and, seeing as how we work in the same industry, people might find that a little confusing. And that has us puzzled.
Or you can ask your keynote speaker, Judy Miller, pictured, top, if she thinks this is something worth going to jail over.
Meanwhile: the Instapundit says he would have liked to have blogged from the OSM/Pajama Party launch – but it would have been too obvious. huh? one of the world’s most popular bloggers was ashamed to blog from a launch of a new blogging venture because he would have come across as… a blogger? fascinating.