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January 15, 2008

How to lose customers and influence people

Here's a snippet from an interesting post at BoingBoing about Ford Motor Co. and its legal minions. (My emphasis.)

Josh sez, "The folks at BMC (Black Mustang Club) automotive forum wanted to put together a calendar featuring members' cars, and print it through CafePress. Photos were submitted, the layout was set, and... CafePress notifies the site admin that pictures of Ford cars cannot be printed. Not just Ford logos, not just Mustang logos, the car - as a whole - is a Ford trademark and its image can't be reproduced without permission.

Here's the topic at the BMC Forum.

Update: Steve, a BMC member, left this in the comments:

Just a quick update on this situation. I am a member of the BMC forums, and after many many posts to various forums and emails to Ford, the issue has been resolved. If you are interested in what happened between BMC and Ford, here's the link to the thread. Thanks to anybody who may have seen this and was concerned.

Posted by joke du jour at January 15, 2008 07:25 PM

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Just a quick update on this situation. I am a member of the BMC forums, and after many many posts to various forums and emails to Ford, the issue has been resolved. If you are interested in what happened between BMC and Ford, here's the link to the thread. http://www.bmcforums.com/showthread.php?t=42820 Thanks to anybody who may have seen this and was concerned.

Posted by: Steve at January 16, 2008 07:14 AM

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