It looks like the folks over at Skype (owned by EBay) - have allowed a lawyer to play at PR:
Skype lawyer Seema Sharma emailed blogger Jan Geirnaert Friday afternoon. She told him his popular skype-watch.com and skype-gadgets.com blogs put him in legal jeopardy.
Boy, that theory of operation worked so well for Warren Kremer Paino, and again for JL Kirk and Associates. Now it looks like Seema Sharma has stepped up to play "just how bad can I make my company look?" Do lawyers actually understand the way things work now? I can certainly understand Skype being concerned over the possible confusion with an unaffiliated site using their name - but would it have been too hard to try a soft approach first? A polite phone call by a non-lawyer - with some reasonable accommodation reached - would have been a lot smarter. Consider how Microsoft dealt with Mike Rowe, for instance. They started off stupid, but understood what was happening fairly quickly. If Skype has any sense, they'll slap the lawyer down and send in PR - stat.