Posted Feb 05, 2004 in XML.
In June of 2000, Userland took Netscape's RSS specification, removed Netscape's copyright statement, made several incompatible changes, added a Userland copyright statement, called it "RSS 0.91", and claimed that it was compatible with Netscape's RSS 0.91.
So says Mark Pilgrim, in what is actually a very interesting history of the syndication format. Dave Winer responds with:
For the record, I wrote the RSS 0.91 spec from scratch, starting in June 2000, to document current practice. There was no claim of compatibility with the format described by Netscape's document, as practice had already deviated, and it was made clear, in public, that I had created a new document. Some say that I stole the spec from Netscape, replacing their copyright notice with my company's. That's a very serious charge, it's being taken seriously, and it's not true.
Dave is clearly annoyed about Mark's post, and further indicates this with, "I must be crazy. I forgot that Lessig is a lawyer. Oy." Are we about to see another clash of great minds, flames, and other unpleasantries? Should I get popcorn?