WIPO has finally responded to the Debian vendetta, informing the overpaid lawyers at Charles Fussell (parody site) that their claim didn't even reach first base.
We believe but can't prove that the lawyers have now gone back to the Debian leader, Jonathan Carter, asking him to advance more money so they can spend more time revising their original and inadequate documents.
Who do we blame for this expensive mess?
Debian Community News is calling for the resignation of Jonathan Carter and Brian Gupta
Felix Lechner already resigned in disgust from the Debian trademark team while another member, Taowa Munene-Tardif / Rosetwig appears to be little more than a groupie or ring-in.
Brian Gupta of Brandorr Group, New York, appears to be the more experienced member of the Debian trademark team. There is a recording of him talking about it at DebConf14. It is unlikely that he can explain or justify this mess.
WIPO has given a deadline of 14 May for the errors in the claim to be corrected. This gives Debian cabal members very little time to decide whether they want to advance more money to the lawyers or abandon the claim, forefeiting the extravagent fees already paid to WIPO.
Subject: (LARC) D2022-1524 <debian.community> Request for amendment and/or clarification
Date: Mon, 9 May 2022 14:28:01 +0000
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To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Further to our Acknowledgement of Receipt of Complaint, as required by Paragraph 4(c) of the Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Rules”) and Paragraph 5 of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (the “Center”) Supplemental Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Supplemental Rules”), we have reviewed your Complaint to verify whether it satisfies the formal requirements of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Policy”), the Rules and Supplemental Rules.[snip]
Please submit your amendment(s) and clarification(s) by May 14, 2022. You may do so by electronically submitting a simple amendment or an amended Complaint. You may also wish to include further facts or arguments in light of the above.
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