[DML] Re: DMOCO.com - being squashed by the man?
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[DML] Re: DMOCO.com - being squashed by the man?

In a message dated 9/17/2006 3:02:24 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
mike.griese@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

<<This is just business.  Try producing something for Apple,  IBM, HP, Ford, 
GM, Disney, or any company that has a registered  trademark.  You will get 
pretty much exactly the same letter. This kind  of action is required by the 
patent and trademark office in order to "defend"  the trademark and keep it 
valuable. >>
Mike, I mostly agree with what you said, except that you omit the  crucial 
item that "DMC Texas" is not the company that was started by John  DeLorean and 
created its distinctive logo to identify it. KAPAC did not buy  John 
DeLorean's DeLorean Motor Company, or its factory, or its remaining cars,  or its 
intellectual property. It bought the parts inventory, and got some old  company 
correspondence and files thrown in. Period. And that's ALL  Steven bought from 
KAPAC, despite claims by James Espey on the DML that  the right to the logo 
"came with the parts purchase." If someone "knocks off"  Disney product, DISNEY 
has a right to prosecute, not Ford. Only John DeLorean  or the bankruptcy 
attorneys had a right to send out legal threats about others  using the logo. 
John DeLorean could have played hardball, but always allowed his logo to  be 
freely used by DeLorean enthusiasts and entrepreneurs trying to keep the  
dream alive. 
The very first issue of DeLorean World Magazine dated 1983 makes it  clear 
that right from the beginning, many were using the REAL DeLorean  logo, or near 
copies of it, to merchandise DMC branded items. Among those  was Steven's 
former partner, Ed Bernstein. And Steven Wynn himself,  many years before he filed 
a claim on his similar looking logo.
I buy from DMC Texas from time to time. They're very helpful when you  call. 
Hopefully they'll still sell to me and be helpful. I hope they continue  to do 
well in their business. And they have a right to protect their  long-time 
usage of the DMC logo in their business. Steven, however,  is not acting in the 
generous spirit of John Z. DeLorean. If John  had exercised his legitimate 
legal right to ban anyone but himself from using  the name or logo, it would be 
difficult or impossible for anyone, including  Steven, to support the marque 
with parts or services. To try to deny to others  who are equally entitled to 
this privilege that DMC Texas paid John  DeLorean nothing for-- namely the 
ability to use the DMC logo or a near copy  that mimics it-- is just plain deceptive 
and immoral. Steven needs to either  produce legal evidence he bought the 
logo from John or his heirs, or stop  trying to stifle all DeLorean interests 
that don't pay him tribute.  $$$$  
Wayne A. Ernst
vin 11174
Bridgeton, NJ

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