Well, the case of Sun Microsystems v. the Poor Innocent Website Hoster Known As Ted Neward has entered its next phase, and the net result is, I’m going to make a small change to my domain name registration, and they’re going to call off the legal dogs. C’est tout, as the French say.
The crucial breakthrough came when Mark Herring, Director Community Strategy at Sun, got wind of what was going on, and decided to send me an email asking basically if I was open to talking with him to discuss the whole thing and figure a nice easy way out of it. We talked (about fifteen minutes ago, in fact), and the net result of the whole thing is that:
They were a little horrified to see how far the legal guy (who, it must again be noted, does not work for Sun) had sort of run with the whole thing. They have "made sure that doesn’t happen again", and were very apologetic about that aspect of the thing. (Note that, however, I’ve never disagreed with some of the original things he brought up in his initial letter–namely the lack of appropriate trademark and/or copyright respect on the site, and those are changes I still need to make.)
The domain name for javageeks.com is currently set to be "Javageeks.com" (as was mentioned in the earlier back-and-forth between myself and the lawyer in the first place); they’ve asked me to change that to be me, personally, as in its current incarnation it looks like it’s a business entity owning the site. This is reasonable, and I’ve agreed. Shouldn’t be a major doing, except just the time required to do it.
They earned a LOT of respect from me for Sun’s Director Community Strategy and the head legal resource there–they called, we chatted, it was a very friendly conversation, and we’re all happy. Folks, Sun-the-company is NOT a Bad Guy here–they were genuinely shocked at what was going on, and they basically took steps to fix it and create a win-win situation for everybody, at least in this instance. They were polite, there was never any sort of attempt at browbeating or "We’re a big company with $2billion in the bank, you’d better go along or we’re going to sue you into insensibility" or anything along those lines. They even offered to throw in a free T-shirt by way of compensation, which is probably generous, given the total amount of time I had invested in the situation (a couple of emails and a phone call).
No, I’m not going to give up J2EE in favor of Python or Ruby, though I still harbor no small amount of interest in getting into those platforms anyway; Dave Thomas’ praise of Ruby definitely has my interest piqued, and Python’s just close enough to Java/C# and yet still dynamic like Ruby to merit investigation. (Truth be told: I’ve downloaded Python bits several times over the years, and flipped through the O’Reilly Python book in the bookstore, but just never sat down to learn the thing. *sigh* Too many languages, not enough time.)
Javageeks.com remains alive and well, modulo the aforementioned changes; of course, now there’s the issue of me actually doing something with the site….
So, for now, it’s more business as usual at javageeks.com/neward.net. In the meantime, though, I’m working on a few JDK 1.5 papers to post (probably both here and there), and hopefully will have them up before the end of the year.
Barring, of course, a legal inquiry from Neward Enterprises Inc over copyright infringement. 😉