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Can this hobby survive the corporate lawyers?

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  • Member since
    October, 2016
  • From: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Posted by modeller123 on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:46 PM

Thanks redramtruck. I see where you're coming from but if  other companies let model companies  just use their brand  then other companies might get the wrong idea and start using that brand without permition.

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 I'm a modeller not a fighter 

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Posted by redramtruck on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:07 PM

Subject: Re: Can this hobby survive the corporate lawyers?

Modeller123, you missed one important fact: model companies never produced models without the permission of the auto manufacturers. The models were always licensed, but the auto companies didn't try to squeeze money out of the model companies. Quite the opposite. Instead, they were happy to have the free advertising. They were also probably aware that the product could not absorb the cost and survive. In my original post, I pointed out that the model industry developed as a result of the auto manufacturers desire to use models as a sales tool, but they weren't going to make the models themselves. Companies like SMP/AMT, and Johan were formed for that reason - to produce the models for the car dealers. That was just another form of advertising for the car brands, and the auto companies didn't have to pay a PENNY for it. It was free advertising, and for years, they gladly gave their blessing to the model companies. The more models, the better - was the philosophy.
No, I'll stick with my original assessment. The corporate lawyers of today are just VULTURES. What is really ironic is that some of them probably grew up during the car modeling heyday, and may have built models themselves.

As for myself, I'll make my own Roadrunner decals for my RR kit. I'll create my own Cadillac valve covers, my own Texaco decals, and whatever else I need. Corporate lawyers be damned. My recreation room will be decorated with all of these models, and the lawyers can't touch them. I don't build them for any commercial purpose; they're a hobby, just like taking photographs of places I've visited. If I happen to capture a corporate logo of any kind in my photos, are the lawyers going to send me a bill? Maybe they could create corporate logo police, and staff the entire country with them - just waiting for someone to snap a picture without paying a license fee (actually, I wouldn't be really surprised if they did do something that obtuse). Is there an emoticon for phffffftttt!!

One final note: This question has been asked before: does this country really need a third of the world's lawyers? Apparently, a lot of them are just trying to justify their existence.

 

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Posted by mini man on Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:00 PM

just remembered this,a few years back Ford claimed you could not photograph their cars as they owned the image rights.....Confused

PURE B/S that was..(we need another emiticon - one for a steaming pile of poop..Laugh)

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

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Posted by redramtruck on Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:21 PM

That doesn't surprise me in the least, Mini Man. It just verifies exactly what I said about the corporate lawyers of today (actually, I believe I compared them to vultures, which was not accurate; sorry vultures - I didn't mean to insult you; you actually perform a necessary function - cleaning up dead animals). I gues they will have their sights set on Google, then, since Google earth has a LOT of photos of Fords (and every other brand). Hey, maybe all the car brands can get together and form a class action suit against Google! That will be better than watching a professional wrestling match!

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, April 21, 2017 8:19 AM

I say if you see it and ya wanna build it unless you're a big corporation or in advertising just build it exercise your freedom of choice build it display it show it the hec K with licenses and permissions this is a fun enjoyable hobby not supposed to be a legal battle to build what you like or a legal challenge because that starts taking the fun out of the hobby after didn't we pay the higher price for the kit which covered the licensing and right fees.which allow us to build what we want to?  Relax enjoy build have fun build your dream car or truck introduce an old friend or a new one to the world of model. Cars help insure the hobbies survival you'll never. Regret. Sharing with a fellow enthusiast

Moparlover64

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Posted by mini man on Friday, April 21, 2017 12:19 PM

redramtruck

 sorry vultures - I didn't mean to insult you; you actually perform a necessary function - cleaning up dead animals). 

 

How about gulls as a derogitary name,they make a racket,steal (food) are bullies,no one likes them...Wink

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, April 21, 2017 2:17 PM

mini man
 
redramtruck

 sorry vultures - I didn't mean to insult you; you actually perform a necessary function - cleaning up dead animals). 

 

 

 

How about gulls as a derogitary name,they make a racket,steal (food) are bullies,no one likes them...Wink

 

 Parasites??

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by mini man on Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:48 PM

Bainford

 

 
mini man
 
redramtruck

 sorry vultures - I didn't mean to insult you; you actually perform a necessary function - cleaning up dead animals). 

 

 

 

How about gulls as a derogitary name,they make a racket,steal (food) are bullies,no one likes them...Wink

 

 

 

 Parasites??

 

Or woodlice!

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

U.K.

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