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boomer
12-10-2008, 10:06 AM
http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/ ... hp?t=32801 (http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32801)

dang, that sucks. im glad were a nonspecific (other than motorcycles) forum. this is messed up imo. any thoughts?

bettyboop1w
12-10-2008, 04:19 PM
What is going on in the world?* These are loyal ford people, over a name, like one guy said can they just ask them to change it something else with the ranger in it but let fans know that was the change.* Where do they get the fee from $5000 and domain name.

detdrbuzzard
12-10-2008, 05:39 PM
hope they don't do that to mustangs. i am a member at black mustang forum but i feel that it is just wrong of ford to bring a law suit against their forum

12-10-2008, 06:38 PM
I'm in a Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe Club, with it's own web site and forum....

I guess we'll see what happens.* ???

detdrbuzzard
12-11-2008, 02:17 PM
my t-bvird is a black '93 with 5.0 cobra power

boomer
12-11-2008, 08:11 PM
outcome

http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/ ... post274763 (http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/showthread.php?p=274763#post274763)


A while back I had started making decals such as the old FORD tailgate letters, and offering some other decals for Ranger enthusiasts such as the Ranger windshield banner with the Ford logos on each side of it.

Although it was intended to be used as a way to keep The Ranger Station up and running and not a method of becoming independently wealthy...it was vilolating Fords trademarks.

I have talked to Scott Monty from Ford Motor Company and have agreed to:

1) Stop selling the decals since I do not have a trademark license to sell

2) Agree that the 'Ranger' is a product of Ford.

3) Not display any ads on The Ranger Station that would promote a competitor (Example: Banner ad for the new Chevy Colorado, etc)

4) Not use the site to make disparaging comments about Ford (AKA - Anti Ford Site)

5) Not turn The Ranger Station name over to anyone else.

I believe that's about it. I'm waiting from a letter from their attorney.

In return, Ford will allow us to keep The Ranger Station name and will not require that I pay the $5000.00 that the attorneys were asking for.

Scott went on to tell me that they recognize and support their fan websites and I would suggest that any other website owner/administrator reading this will be OK if they judge themselves on the items I had listed above. If you have ad banners you may want to make sure you have Fords competition filtered out.

I would like to say thanks to those that emailed Ford and spread the word. The attention and support from other enthusiats greatly helped in getting this resolved quickly.

I would ask that anyone who has posted about this on another website link the discussions here and ask that the moderator on that site lock the topic.

I also want to thank the other site owners for their support.

detdrbuzzard
12-12-2008, 07:35 AM
you cannot* sell anything with a brand name on it even if its not for profit its an infringement and thats caused the problem not the forum. at gl1200.com we were talking about making a goldwing calender* useing pics of our own bikes and somehow honda got wind of it. after looking into it honda gave their blessing as long as the calenders were for forum members and not for sale to the public

Bob
12-12-2008, 09:39 PM
you cannot* sell anything with a brand name on it even if its not for profit its an infringement and thats caused the problem not the forum. at gl1200.com we were talking about making a goldwing calender* useing pics of our own bikes and somehow honda got wind of it. after looking into it honda gave their blessing as long as the calenders were for forum members and not for sale to the public


Yeah, I'm glad the other side of the story was finally revealed.* I got to read Ford's response and they where after him for selling counterfeit Ford merchandise that he removed from the site I guess.