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.