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here is a post from Jim oaks at the ranger station.
Ford is making me change the name of The Ranger Station and pay them $5,000. I have to sign an agreement as well and they want it all by the 19th of this month.

Ford feels that we are infringing on their trademarks and violating their intellectual property rights because we use 'Ranger' in our name.

Apparently it's ok for Ranger Boats, Polaris Ranger and the Lone Ranger.

We are not the first to get attacked by this:

http://www.michiganmustang.com/fordattacks.html

The question is, where do we go from here?

How are we possibly going to rename the site and still be able to attract Ranger owners, when Ford doesn't want us using their name.

To clarify:

Ford wants $5,000 AND therangerstation.com domain name[/b]
http://www.therangerstation.com/forums/sho...ead.php?t=32801
 

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That really should not be a valid argument, because Ranger, Mustang, and Taurus are all public vocabulary words that appear in the dictionary. I could understand if it was the "Ford Ranger Station"... but...
 

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OK. That tears it.

No more Fords for me. No Fords, Lincolns, Mercuries, Volvos, Mazdas, Aston Martins, Jaguars, NONE OF IT!

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They should keep the corporate jets and fire the damn lawyers instead.
 

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hmm attack those who actually want to be proud of owning your cars. smart move ford.......
 

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TRS got targeted because he sold merchandise with the Ford and Ford Ranger logo and likeness on it.

That said, the firm "representing" Ford is nothing more than a small outfit based in Utah. They go around the internet threatening sites like theirs and ours with litigation unless we pack up and go home. They've been making the rounds in the VW world, and have recently begun going after the domestic enthusiast sites. Honestly, it's only a matter of time before they come knocking here and we tell them to ###### off.

*edit* To clarify, the ###### off was directed at the law firm (and I use law firm loosely), and not Ford. Ford is well aware of our existance and have not taken issue with us.

Except for that whole unfortunate business over the summer with that spy shot.

But other than that, no issue.
 

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TRS got targeted because he sold merchandise with the Ford and Ford Ranger logo and likeness on it.

That said, the firm "representing" Ford is nothing more than a small outfit based in Utah. They go around the internet threatening sites like theirs and ours with litigation unless we pack up and go home. They've been making the rounds in the VW world, and have recently begun going after the domestic enthusiast sites. Honestly, it's only a matter of time before they come knocking here and we tell them to ###### off.
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so basically a bunch of scammers......i see.
 

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It's one of those perverse things about the law. You have to actively enforce your trademark or if you don't then you can end up losing your trademark. It's one of the reason that you hear stories about this, they're just trying to preserve their future rights.
 

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I wonder if Ford would ever target the TCCA...

They ever did, I would protest that. :ph34r:

I doubt it. I don't think our community makes money off their products. All they accept is donations/contributions, to which my understanding helps with web hosting and servers, so goes right back into the community.

Until then, I still stand behind FoMoCo. Providing the Best built American cars ever :ford:
 

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never met a lawyer i liked. :dunno:

my favorite reply to lawyer. "i'm sorry sir I do not recall."
or "I was mistaken". :lol2:
 

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How soon we forget ............. this is old.

There was a Mustang forum that had pics and stuff posted that Ford told them they had to remove and change their domain name also, several months ago.
 

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How soon we forget ............. this is old.

There was a Mustang forum that had pics and stuff posted that Ford told them they had to remove and change their domain name also, several months ago.
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But didn't that get dropped after the people who actually matter at Ford found out?
 

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This is real easy to fix.

Send this to the Senate, and every news outlet you can.

Ask this one question....

If Ford is scaring off it's MOST LOYAL of customers, why do they need a bailout?

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TRS got targeted because he sold merchandise with the Ford and Ford Ranger logo and likeness on it.

That said, the firm "representing" Ford is nothing more than a small outfit based in Utah. They go around the internet threatening sites like theirs and ours with litigation unless we pack up and go home. They've been making the rounds in the VW world, and have recently begun going after the domestic enthusiast sites. Honestly, it's only a matter of time before they come knocking here and we tell them to ###### off.

*edit* To clarify, the ###### off was directed at the law firm (and I use law firm loosely), and not Ford. Ford is well aware of our existance and have not taken issue with us.

Except for that whole unfortunate business over the summer with that spy shot.

But other than that, no issue. [/b]


:p Generally no one messes with the Taurus board because ... Well, we're a Taurus enthusiast board. WHO the hell cares about a Taurus? :dunno:



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:)


On a side note.... I wonder if we should get rid of these just so there is nothing to complain about? (I kinda don't want to since I know a lot of people use the often...) :ford: :merc:
 

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I'm sorry :'(
 
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