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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #1
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This is an email i got tonite..... I know many people are familar with the website and esc. there Tech Library for the Mid Size Ford Truck Line.




Dear Member,

I appologize for this email. I don't normally email the members but this is an
emergency.

Today, (December 9, 2008) I received a letter from the law offices of Howard, Phillips & Andersen that represent the Ford Motor Company. Ford is forcing us to surrender the name 'therangerstation.com' to them and stop using it. Ford states that using the name 'Ranger' when used in reference to the Ford Ranger is a trademark violation. In addition they are wanting me to pay them $5,000.

As you may know, The Ranger Station has been around for the past 10 years and has been a valuable resource to Ranger enthusiasts.

If Ford does this to us, where will they stop?

I have 10-days to surrender the name and pay them $5,000. I'm asking that you contact Ford online and ask them to reconsider making us change our name and prohibiting us from using the word 'Ranger'.

You can contact them at:

https://secure.ford.com/footer/conta...=PublicAffairs

a sample of what one of the members wrote is:

"To whom it may concern:

I am writing concerning your recent legal attacks on various "fan" websites for vehicles such as the Mustang and Ranger. I am insulted by this careless misuse of our legal system and am reconsidering any further vehicle purchases from your company until you cease and desist from any further legal action concerning this subject. I have been a Ford owner for many years and I had hoped to stay that way. These attacks are morally wrong since they are geared towards your customers, and do not instill the least bit of confidence in your brand. For the sake of your business, I ask you to please reconsider immediately.

Thank you."

Thank you for your support and I applogize for this email.

Jim Oaks
TheRangerStation.com



I mean WTF, they really wanna attack and bullie there supporters......
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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:32 PM   #2
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Got to find something to do when you're not busy like their execs are.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:37 PM   #3
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I really hope thats a joke
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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:40 PM   #4
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wow. Its not april first either.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:40 PM   #5
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i know year or two back there was threats about some mustang stuff and a few websites similar to this.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:42 PM   #6
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I think they also did this to www.thedieselstop.com
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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #7
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got to get the $$ some how
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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #8
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I think they also did this to www.thedieselstop.com
What is in that thitle that says "Ford"???
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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:46 PM   #9
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simple, inform them that you will happily change the domain name, and registration of all future member's vehicles to toyota, and wish them well through their begging sessions in washington.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 09:01 PM   #10
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What is in that thitle that says "Ford"???
Possibly referring to when that site was called ford-diesel.com (if i remember correctly)
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Old December 9th, 2008, 09:03 PM   #11
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Possibly referring to when that site was called ford-diesel.com (if i remember correctly)
yea, but they changed it so they have nothing, Right?
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Old December 9th, 2008, 09:04 PM   #12
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Here is a link to the discussion on TRS- http://www.therangerstation.com/foru...ad.php?t=32801

It is an issue that everyone needs to be concerned about. It will trickle its way down to other sites.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 09:07 PM   #13
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What's next Jenny coming after this site for "great lakes"
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Old December 9th, 2008, 09:16 PM   #14
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Nope, Chrysler, ford, toyota, gm, and all the other will be coming after us for using the term 4x4
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Old December 9th, 2008, 09:20 PM   #15
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Your search - therangerstation.com site:snopes.com - did not match any documents.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 09:23 PM   #16
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good thing MI jeepers went down LOL
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Old December 9th, 2008, 09:24 PM   #17
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Doesn't surprise me a bit. Harley has been going after people for years on things like that. Can think of quite a few sites that changed their names or had to add disclaimers to their home page.

The law firm is most likely on a retainer and are getting paid one way or the other. Good luck fighting it.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 09:37 PM   #18
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I think they also did this to www.thedieselstop.com

If I am not mistaken, this is one of the others Ford contacted. http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/index.php
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They did that to Mustang forum a little while back...
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i got that same email just now..
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