Speaking of ugly fights implicating extinct species, Joseph Scott Miller reports on his Fire of Genius blog — no, he’s not the only one, but he reports it real good — that the EFF lawsuit against Barney and, kind of, his lawyers has been settled.
I feel a little bad about that, because I’m of counsel to the firm involved and, well, I wrote the original cease and desist letters and used to be in charge of the Barney campaign, if you must know. More than this, I cannot say.
But I don’t feel that bad about it because what better than a singing dinosaur with a person inside it and a bunch of crack IP-enforcement lawyers seeking only to do his bidding could provide better blog fodder? Nothing, I tell you.
Except that I have to say, it’s pretty obvious that the EFF spun the hell out of this outcome. Consider: They got far less than they spent on lawyer time — a piddling $5000 — and a motion to dismiss was pending and, most of all, they didn’t get an opinion making the world safe for jejune parody sites or even an injunction against a land war in Europe or even an admission of fault. So no, I don’t feel that bad at all.