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Old 09-26-2015, 04:43 PM   #1
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Fake numbers and rondel, opinion?

On Facebook there is a poser that is very proud of his poorly painted on fake numbers and copied club rondel. No such number exist and he is claiming because he made the rondel 1/2 inch smaller that there is no copy right violation. He mentioned that the club dues are set too high and he is not paying them. I think this if nothing else is an ethical issue and possibly even does violate copy rights. Opinions from ACTUAL club members are welcome.
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I don't think you have any grounds for a lawsuit. He could claim it is a parody. And it probably is.
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On Facebook there is a poser that is very proud of his poorly painted on fake numbers and copied club rondel. No such number exist and he is claiming because he made the rondel 1/2 inch smaller that there is no copy right violation. He mentioned that the club dues are set too high and he is not paying them. I think this if nothing else is an ethical issue and possibly even does violate copy rights. Opinions from ACTUAL club members are welcome.
It might be copyright infringement. It might be trademark infringement. The distinction between the two is difficult for a layman like me to make.

But in my layman's opinion… if the roundel he's using is a recognizable copy, regardless of the diameter, it's still the club's official symbol, just like the 1˝" diameter roundels on our ID badges are still the official symbol of the club. Maybe if he put Alfred E. Neuman's face on the roundel instead of Wally Byam's, and/or he used Roman numerals or put the numbers on upside down, he might make a legitimate claim to parody, but a smaller version of the real symbol is not a parody, and just because he's using a number that's never been issued (if the number he's using hasn't ever been issued), he's still pretending to belong to the club whenever anybody sees his trailer, and only someone who's actually in the club would know the difference.

WBCCI has an attorney who is more knowledgeable about trademark and copyright law, so the Facebook page should be referred to the WBCCI management to see if they wish to pursue the matter and get a cease-and-desist order issued. I'd recommend forwarding a link to the Facebook page, along with an explanation of the problem, to Lori Plummer so she can get it to the right people.
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:12 PM   #4
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:39 PM   #5
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I don't think you have any grounds for a lawsuit. He could claim it is a parody. And it probably is.
I am not planning on suing anyone. He is getting pretty nasty about it. A number of club members are spooling him on into to making a bigger jackass of himself. He is now claiming it is a restoration. He is also resorting to insulting Canadians to boot.

This is his idea of an authentic restoration,
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Yep, that's a parody. (Ignoring the fact that you can't copyright a number or the color red)
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Funny guy, now he has started a new tread. Called "Troll List". Listing the names anyone that has critized his, in my opinion, unethical behavior. This is on the "Airstream Crazies" page if anyone in interested in following this "parody".
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Yep, that's a parody. (Ignoring the fact that you can't copyright a number or the color red).
You can copyright or trademark a logo, though, and he is using a copy of the real WBCCI logo, which seems to take it out of the parody arena and puts it into the infringement arena.

And you can trademark colors. Just ask UPS, who trademarked their distinctive UPS Brown. But in this case there is no such distinctive color as WBCCI Red, so the mere fact that the numbers are red and hand-painted isn't an infringement. In my opinion it's the arrangement of the real logo centered above the numbers— so that to the "average" person it looks like a real WBCCI number— that makes it an infringement.

However, none of us has a legal right to do anything about it, except to complain to someone who does have the right. Namely WBCCI's retained attorney, as noted in my previous post.
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My only issue is his complete lack of ethics. He is supposed to be a business man. I can only speculate how he runs his business if this is any indication.
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.... He is also resorting to insulting Canadians to boot.
Well, I don't see how you can get any lower than that!
He'd better not come anywhere near my igloo, or I'll make him eat poutine and listen to Celine!
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Well, I don't see how you can get any lower than that!
He'd better not come anywhere near my igloo, or I'll make him eat poutine and listen to Celine!
Brilliant, We need a link button. By the way I like Celine.
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Funny guy, now he has started a new tread. Called "Troll List". .
I can't find this thread. Shouldn't you be discussing this over on the WBCCI forum and not on the Airforums?
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I can't find this thread. Shouldn't you be discussing this over on the WBCCI forum and not on the Airforums?
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I think both forums are appropriate for the heads up discussion. Useful for folks who are not familiar with WBCCI and folks who are checking into Airstreams - good info to know about the many scams out there trading off the Airstream brand/name.
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I guess my take on it would be whether or not he's trying to derive some sort of benefit from doing this.
After all, we can decorate our vehicles with pretty much whatever we please (short of the dangerous or obscene).
So until he shows up at a rally expecting some kind of "perks", or tells someone he's a member expecting some kind of discount(s) (or something of that nature), he's just seeking some kind of attention.

Of course, another response could be, "It's really worth faking??"










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