Black Mustang Club calendar is go, Ford releases images under Creative Commons — a he said/she said blow-by-blow – Boing Boing

By , January 25, 2008 11:24 pm

Black Mustang Club calendar is go, Ford releases images under Creative Commons — a he said/she said blow-by-blow – Boing Boing

Ford was at fault before but not this time they say. Whatever. Still think one of their caged lawyers made noises. At least a small victory for common sense… 😎

One Response to “Black Mustang Club calendar is go, Ford releases images under Creative Commons — a he said/she said blow-by-blow – Boing Boing”

  1. Steve says:

    Reminds me of the Chicago “Bean” sculpture morass. Public park ($270 million worth!!!), donated sculpture (that the donator, SBC, got a BIG tax break for), and the park authority wants a $350.00 permit if you want to take pictures of it. For “copyright extortion, err, we mean enforcement.” Yeah, right. Of course when that info came out, what did EVERY blogger in Chicago and the area put on their blog? You got it, a picture of the “bean”. Wonderful leveler, the Internet…

    In this case it sounds like (in what seems the most reasonable interpretation of the various story lines here) Ford got a little uptight about some use of its copyrighted material (much of which probably dates back to ol’ Henry himself–there was a capitalist!) and sent out a letter to Cafepress, who freaked (probably at the request of their counselor) and decided that ANYTHING Ford was verboten. I doubt that Ford had any thought that they had all rights to any picture involving a Ford product. They probably thought that a big Ford logo on something they had no input on might cause them some trouble down the line, and spoke up about that. Sounds like the main culprit here is Cafepress–they couldn’t wait to roll over. No checking things out against copyright law (heavens, that might require THOUGHT from their esteemed counsel) so just ban it all.

    Gotta wonder if they print any ad material for Ford–that wouldn’t influence them, would it?

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