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Old 11-22-2005, 07:51 PM   #1
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Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

This discussion arose on a site I go to and I wanted to get your opinion on this.

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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

that is just...stupid

they'd be taking out their own buyers and people that keep them in bussiness
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

Should they be able to? No, because a mustang is a wild horse and they are not able to trade mark the name because of it. Now, if you have Ford in the site name somewhere like fordmustangevolution.com, then yes, they can, and eventually will, sue you over it like they have many many many other sites in the past.

This brings me to something I thought we had but should probably add since we don't have it...there needs to be a disclaimer stating this site is not affiliated with ford in any way. SVTPerformance and FordvsChevy.com both have this disclaimer at the bottom of their pages. We should probably add that as a safety net so that no one can come back later claiming they thought we were a ford site. FordvsChevy.com went through some legal things about 2 years ago when ford went sue happy over sites with ford in the name...there was a loophole/agreement which I think was the disclaimer.
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

thats just stupid...
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

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Should they be able to? No, because a mustang is a wild horse and they are not able to trade mark the name because of it. Now, if you have Ford in the site name somewhere like fordmustangevolution.com, then yes, they can, and eventually will, sue you over it like they have many many many other sites in the past.

This brings me to something I thought we had but should probably add since we don't have it...there needs to be a disclaimer stating this site is not affiliated with ford in any way. SVTPerformance and FordvsChevy.com both have this disclaimer at the bottom of their pages. We should probably add that as a safety net so that no one can come back later claiming they thought we were a ford site. FordvsChevy.com went through some legal things about 2 years ago when ford went sue happy over sites with ford in the name...there was a loophole/agreement which I think was the disclaimer.
I added it for everyone but admins (in place of the Page load time in footer)
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

if ford alienates its buyer base like that, let them.

if ford chooses to go after every forum/site/vendor affiliated with mustangs, i will sell mine with the quickness, and make a vow to piss on every ford mustang at their dealership.
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

I agree with Eclipse, I was just about to post the same thing.

I would go out and sell my Mustang and buy a Chevy.
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

yeah for real, id sell my mustang and buy a jeep or dodge or something...

wait.... :pnoid:
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

i would hope they wouldn't. I don't know if I'd sell my car, but I'd think a hell of a lot less of Ford and probably not buy another one.
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

actually, i seem to recall subaru sueing a wrx website a year or so ago for "trademark dilution" and winning...the word "subaru" was not in the domain name, it was like www.imprezawrxsti.com or something like that. the settlement was for the website to change it's name and a fine i think
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

I doubt there really is legal grounds for it in this case... and nothing any smart company would do... sue a forum of guys that almost all BUY your product, and talk about ways to make YOUR product better, and help advertise YOUR product... hmmm, ohh yeah, I have an idea, let's sue them for using the name... dur. I don't think car companies should be able to sue over use of their product names as part of a website... as long as that site isn't bashing their product, but seriously, where's freedom of speech start? If this site is in violation of something, there are A LOT more mustang sites in the same violation.
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

i don't think they should. and wow, i guess they would have to go after the bronco sites too. might as well sue both the horses.
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

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I agree with Eclipse, I was just about to post the same thing.

I would go out and sell my Mustang and buy a Chevy.
now now, why would they need to do that in order to sway you to buy a chevy, their uber fast 3.8 fbodies should be reason enough!! hahaha kidding of course
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

lol after I got a Ford most of my family disowned me.

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now now, why would they need to do that in order to sway you to buy a chevy, their uber fast 3.8 fbodies should be reason enough!! hahaha kidding of course
3.8? please, only chevy i would buy would either have a LS1 under the hood, or a corvette moniker. or a chevy/gm truck would be ok also.
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3.8? please, only chevy i would buy would either have a LS1 under the hood, or a corvette moniker. or a chevy/gm truck would be ok also.
pst, notice the sarcasm
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Re: Should Ford be able to sue over the word Mustang in our domain name?

Interesting read on Nissan sueing to obtain www.nissan.com
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