Email is the worst way of communication in the world.
It looks like most of the people do focus on one sentence only — which is kind of common in these days (doh). And that’s the problem we have in email-based conversations: lack of attention to details, no context evaluation, overreacting and no body talk.
Layers and law-related people take wording seriously. “I’m already working on a project called kik” — followed up with really logical response “don’t, as we own a Trademark on this name, and we’ll be forced to take legal actions against it”.
There was no bullying / threatening about “kik” name on NPM. Whole legal stuff was about open source project, called “kik”. At least from Kik’s side — I believe Azer never understood it.
Mike, comments / explanations near every response would help — e.g. why your “agent” wrote an answer like this, and what he was referring to.
Always hold up a meeting. Or make a call. Or, if you’re writing an email, use smileys at least.
Again: email is the worst way of communication in the world.
Update: if I’d have to choose a side, I’d vote for Azer. F*ck off corporate law, open source is free (that’s why it’s called “open”). While NPM had a loose-loose situation, they could handle it professionally (which they didn’t).