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Minicooperonline.com name change??Could this happen here?

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  1. Tyler

    Tyler F1 Rookie

    Dec 19, 2001
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    Was browsing around looking for some info on Mini stuff and ran accross www.minicooperonline.com

    Nice enough site, but it appears that they are changing their name to www.northamericanmotoring.com due to legal issues with Mini USA.

    Just wondering why this would happen, and could it happen here??
     
  2. rob lay

    rob lay Administrator
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    Dec 1, 2000
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    We have sponsors with Ferrari in the name that have been sued by Ferrari before. Don't give them any ideas!

    I have a backup plan... ever been to www.tifosichat.com? :)
     
  3. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

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    ROTFLMAO...! Rob, that's ingenius...! How'd you do it...?!?
     
  4. karmavore

    karmavore Formula 3

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    Rob -- good plan.

    DES -- HTML 101
     
  5. Noelrp

    Noelrp Formula Junior

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    Rob,

    Another option is to change your lastname to Ferrari :)
     
  6. t88power

    t88power Formula 3

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    Rob, make sure you also reserve www.tifosi-talk.com to prevent the copycats from leeching off your idea! LOL

    Ernesto
     
  7. F328 BobD

    F328 BobD Formula 3

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    Ernesto, the traffic over there is almost dead now. There's only been one post all day today (it's now 8:30PM) and it was JxV himself. Nothing can compete with FC... sorry, make that www.tifosichat.com! :)
     
  8. t88power

    t88power Formula 3

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    Its the same five or six people talking to each other!

    Ernesto
     
  9. rob lay

    rob lay Administrator
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    Here's the current collection of the domains without a site, I'll just point them all to FC...

    autotechchat.com
    autowrench.com
    cyclinglog.com
    ferrari101.com
    ferrari250boano.com
    ferrari250lusso.com
    ferrari250pf.com
    ferrari275gtb.com
    ferrari308gtb.com
    ferrari330gtc.com
    ferrariads.com
    ferraricommunity.com
    ferraridata.com
    ferrarifaq.com
    ferrariforums.com
    ferrariracer.com
    mechanicchat.com
    tifosichat.com
    triathletelog.com
    virtit.com
    virtz.com
    wrenchchat.com
    yourlog.com
    FERRARIAUCTIONS.COM
    IMPORTCOMMUNITY.COM
    LAMBOCHAT.COM
    LOTUSCHAT.COM
    MOPARCOMMUNITY.COM
    MUSTANGCOMMUNITY.COM
    NSXCHAT.COM
     
  10. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

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    BMW is far more aggressive about its names than most of the car companies are. i remember a few years ago www.BMWM5.com got a polite but clear letter from the BMW lawyers. Gustav tried to fight it, but he eventually had to give up the ghost. he still owns and operates http://www.bmwm5.com, but it is a "non commercial" site and can't even link directly to the new messageboard site (!), which is located at http://www.m5board.com .

    i only know enough about copyright law to be dangerous, but their perspective seems rather extreme and non-helpful.

    doody.
     

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