Captain747 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 23 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 874 times:
I'm sure some of you in the flightsim community have read the press release from flightsim.com. Well if you haven't then i will tell you that is says that Flightsim.com may not use the American Airlines logo anywhere in their website or on any plane that is on the website. Who else thinks that this is insane. I mean wouldn't it be like free avdertisement to have the AA logo on a website. Give me some feedback!
Nscaler From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 243 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 750 times:
Not only does this apply to using their logo, but also to photographs. Here is an excerpt from the press release: "The lawyers involved are in the process of identifying and contacting other sites so other flightsim sites that have American Airlines planes or photos online should expect to be contacted." Does this include Airliners.net? Our innocent aviation photo site?
DL 604 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 754 times:
I cannot belive this! What harm is there in having FS aircraft and photos of American? How could this possibly hurt the airline's image? I think having photos and aircraft available on the 'net would BOOST AA's popularity. Well, AA will regret this, BIG TIME! They will lose popularity, especially if no pictures of AA are allowed on the 'net. I took a pic of an AA MD-83 in SLC a while back and WAS going to add it to airliners, but now I guess not.
I like American, but they need new lawyers. Maybe some with brains. Maybe someone who knows the value of the AA logo on the internet. Maybe a person who is an aviation enthusiast?
Who else thinks this is the worst move AA's lawyers could make?
SOCAL Approach From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 727 times:
Lawyers in this case, aren't the source of the problem. They're just doing what their superiors in marketing and finance tell them to. The latter think they can make more money by having absolute control over their logo and selling that control to an exclusive buyer.
It appears that AA -- oops, trademark infringement -- sold exclusive rights to their logo to an unnamed software company. I just wonder how much they paid since AA is going to be spending thousands of dollars every day chasing down websites and individuals providing AA aircraft for sim'ers.
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