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Yeah thats been floating on a lot of forums, blogs, and community pages recently. Sux0rz :thumbdwn:
 




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Rick commented on that, then made the calendar thread here visible to moderators only, because he doesn't want to risk that happening here.
 




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Ford did this to a Jaguar group who were also making calendars as well. I never did find out if they were using pictures of their own cars or pictures from somewhere else. The Mustang group clearly says the pictures are of their own car, though.

I don't understand why they'd do something like this. Almost makes me not want to buy another Ford after this.
 








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I agree, ford is totally out of line with this. They may have made the cars, but they don't have copyrights to any pictures taken of them.
 








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So... if your trying to SELL your Ford, in the paper or craiglist or the like, can you take a pic of it so people can see what they might be buying? Or is that against the law too?


That's my favorite comment
 




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So I guess this means our calendar thread is dead then? No calendar at all? I'll write ford if i have to. Copyright infringement only happens if you DON'T have permission.
 








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And what about aftermarket companies who use the Ford products , in pictures, to push their products?
Does this mean you now must buy a bumper cover based on a picture of just the cover alone?

If we cannot have a lousy calendar, by golly, they shouldn't have their Steeda ads either--huh?
 








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I just emailed ford's public affairs office for help.
 




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I dont agree with this but lets get permission then.

Permission would most likely mean paying Ford royalties. My suggestion is to make your own calenders.
 




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wow i hope that take ford to court. They have no right

An enthusiast website isn't going to have the legal resources that Ford does. I doubt any lawyer would take a case like that pro-bono...
 




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BTW, did you know that it is illegal to photograph the Grand Canyon and other National Monuments with a tripod? Yep, our federal government wants their share of all profits made by professional photographers. They decided that if you are photographing National Monuments with a tripod, you must be a pro. This land is your land, this land is my land, just don't dare to make a buck off of "your land" without paying royalties.

I mentioned that because it very similar to what's going on with the calenders and another example of how far people are willing to go to make every last buck from their product. It doesn't matter whether the product is our truck, or the Grand Canyon.

It's been awhile since I've studied this kind of thing. I believe this is the gist of their reasoning - Ford created the "artwork" that we own and photograph. This is the same as Picasso creating a painting or a sculpture. You can buy the piece of art, and you can photograph it for your own use, but you cannot sell photographs of the artwork without express permission. That's where "officially licensed" products come in.
 




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BTW, did you know that it is illegal to photograph the Grand Canyon and other National Monuments with a tripod? Yep, our federal government wants their share of all profits made by professional photographers. They decided that if you are photographing National Monuments with a tripod, you must be a pro. This land is your land, this land is my land, just don't dare to make a buck off of "your land" without paying royalties.
Thats just crazy .. see what open market economy does :p: , even the government is competing against Apple and Ford and Nabisco to take your money
 




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this is a load of bologna...just another way for them to make money. people will do anything to get money now-a-days
 


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