On Saturday evening, I received an email concerning a perceived trademark infringement on the part of the Wordle web site. In the spirit of "better safe than sorry", I took the site down right away.
Because of the unbelievable ruckus that ensued on Twitter and in the blogosphere—even the WaPo picked up TechCrunch's story—I quickly found myself in possession of meaningful information and legal counsel.
Unfortunately, I can't give you any details about exactly what the facts are, and what I'm doing about them. I can tell you that a very kind, warm, and competent IP lawyer is helping me.
In a way, I feel like I've won my own little version of the DARPA Network Challenge. Instead of finding 10 red balloons, I found a handful of lawyers (and ex-lawyers, of whom there seem to be many). Can I get DARPA to write me a check for $40K? There have got to be defense applications of Wordle, right?
I cordially thank the many people who wrote to me offering support, and who used various social media to discuss this spot of bother.