In a message dated 5/3/2002 7:04:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
<< This kinda relates to a recent conversation with a friend who was using the Campagnolo logo & print material to make coffee mugs, mouse pads, etc. I asked why they were not listed on his website anymore.He said Campagnolo threatened litigation if he continued offering the items. Evidently they do protect the rights to the name & logo more vigorously than anticipated. >>
Well, yes and no. Obviously those items do not fall in the same category as essential and obsolete replacement parts. In your list of items, I certainly would expect Campy to bristle at the use of their logo & trademark because it is precisely that trademark which sells the items.. Provides the sizzle so to speak. Things like gum hoods, bicycle decals, brake pads and ? are products that keep bikes on the road, keep the equipment functioning and showcased, and in general enhance the trademark in an area that the companies have no intention of competing with their own stuff. I think this is a very good example of the "dog in the manger syndrome" The dog won't let the livestock in the barn to eat the hay but he has no interest in eating it himself.... Geez.
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