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User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

Right...

I have been silent for the best part of a month now.

I have been "asked" to stop posting under the username "Worldoftui" because it is a registered trademark http://www.worldoftui.com

I received a call to my home phone. It appears some sort of private security solutions company which has been hired by TUI UK as it appears as though I am putting a poor light on their image.

To be honest, I think it's pretty scary. I have NEVER posted my surname, only my first name and my home town. They advised me that they had been watching me for a while and had traced me via the phone book, even though it is not my name which is printed.

I think the whole thing is a little creepy, not to mention pathetic. I see several users with "Airbus", "Boeing", "Delta" or whatever in their names and I cannot imagine them having this issue.

Someone PLEASE tell me if they actually thought I WAS representing the views of the company.

Don't get me wrong - I can understand that companies are protective of their image. But I am not advertising, using company imagery or typeface, or even pretending that I am working for them any more as I am not, and have not been so for quite a while.

I really did not have the intention to piss anyone off by chosing the name, and have agreed to cease its use, again because I do not need the hassle at the moment, and because I really am not into creating work for people.

So, my questions (after my rant) are...

1. Do you think that they were right to take this line and insist that the useage of the name be stopped?

2. Has anyone else had this sort of problem?


Mark
(soon to be deleted) worldoftui

PS DAMN DAMN - 1077 posts. hmmm. Gotta go back to the start with post no's. Gonna be a "newbie" again. :-(
I will from now on be "BananaBoY" - a ridiculous name, but should be "safe." If I get the Banana Marketing Board on my back after this, I am really gonna get annoyed!! hehe  Wink/being sarcastic

[Edited 2004-10-19 23:49:38]

41 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2533 times:

Tell them to piss off.


At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

OMG, this is very strange...what happened to Worldoftui?

Horus




EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1574 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2491 times:

2 words I CAN say now without fear of legal action...

"Stupid A*sholes"

Horus

OMG, this is very strange...what happened to Worldoftui?

Hmm. I bet that question has been keeping you awake at night. But don't worry, I am ok.  Wink/being sarcastic


Mark



All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

OMG, this is very strange...what happened to Worldoftui?

The user has deleted himself, I can confirm that nobody of the mods or admins banned him (I didn't get an eMail telling me so).

This is really strange! And too be honest, I can not understand it because most of the users have an airline or an aircraft type in their username but I never heard that any company complained about that.

Someone is promoting your company name on an international aviation internet forum and you force him to stop it  Nuts. You can see that there are enough morons working in the marketing departements of some big companies.

Patrick


User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

BananaBoY,

Deleted worldoftui from my respect list, added BananaBoY to it. Seems World of TUI are being petty.

British767


User currently offlineCommander_rabb From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 771 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Haha. Looks to me like you fell for some sort of scam and "they" got their way. You may want to use some extra bleach for your shorts now that it's over.




User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2417 times:

Hey Mark! Phew, I thought worldoftui sent out some hitmen on a mission...lol...but my surprise was genuine though as I hadn't read your last comment.

Anyway why did you delete your username?

Horus

p.s. hold on a minute, maybe BananaBoY is not really Mark but someone from worldoftui pretending to be him to disguise his mysterious disappearance...mmm, interesting




EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

banababoY,

Glad to have you back. Should have picked 'The holiday makers' see if Airtours picked up on that one, lol.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

p.s. hold on a minute, maybe BananaBoY is not really Mark but someone from worldoftui pretending to be him to disguise his mysterious disappearance...mmm, interesting

Not possible, "Worldoftui" and "BananaBoY" have exactly the same IP addresses  Big thumbs up.

Patrick


User currently offlineSchoenorama From Spain, joined Apr 2001, 2440 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

What's a WorldofTui?


Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24914 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

Blame those dastardly Germans! It wouldnt have happened if it was still Thompson  Big grin


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1574 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

Haha. Looks to me like you fell for some sort of scam and "they" got their way. You may want to use some extra bleach for your shorts now that it's over.

I can CONFIRM that this was no scam.. but not going into the specifics on here.

They can keep the name. The name is not really what I was bothered about. Its more the fact that they were so bothered that they decided to find me at home.

But be my guest Commander_rabb - if you wanna deal with legal action, go right ahead. I really don't mind changing the name - I didn't like it much anyway. Plus as I said, we are all busy, last thing we need is people creating extra work, especially as I would probably only string it out for a while before eventually agreeing to change / delete it anyway. I don't want to be a time waster.


Peace all.

Mark

PS - Were you suggesting "anal leakage?"

PPS. Kirkie - it was Thomson.  Wink/being sarcastic But I agree with the sentiment! :-P

[Edited 2004-10-20 00:55:35]


All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

Hey Sabena332, well at least we know Mark (aka Worldoftui) is still live and kicking  Big thumbs up

Horus




EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

Isn't it sad that some people just don't have any respect for trademarks? They use them on forums or play around with them and come up with similar sounding names like PFUI which loosely translates as YUCK.





I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1574 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

NoUFO

Thats brilliant! HAHAHA

Hannover ... take note!

Mark



All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineThecoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

World of TUI is a pathetic company. I'd laugh in their face. If they took me to court I'd laugh even more. Like they have money to spend on irrelevant things like that...  Yeah sure Looks like they'd be more wise to spend that money on a web site that doesn't suck.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

Thats ridiculous...I cant believe they would track you down at home over such a petty issue like this...sorry to hear of your woes, but welcome back! I think you should be allright with "BananaBoy", so long as Dole or Chiquita don't get bugs up their rear ends  Big grin

Greg



Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

Thecoz,
You would stop laughing if you would actually receive a letter of caution which mentions a 30,000 $ fine. It's easy to pretend being brave enough to "laugh into their face".

I know what I'm talking 'bout, since I did receive a letter of caution which was issued by "a world leading publisher of information" (their words) and linked to an EUR 30,000 fine. I fought back and won, but I didn't exactly feel comfortable.

In the case of BananaBoy, it's simply not worth it.

[Edited 2004-10-20 02:27:52]


I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineThecoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2191 times:

Maybe if you did laugh in their face you would have enjoyed winning more than you did.  Smile I've been through the same thing several years ago. I won myself. I still say, laugh in their face on this one.

User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

Not to compare you to a whore, but there was a similar scandal recently about an high-class escort who uses the name Chanel.

She changed it to Chanelle. Then she changed her website so there was no similarities in style to any Chanel ads etc. It got worse and worse.

I think she's now Charlene or something.

Good for you not wasting your time with a stupid battle....crappy as the situation is for you.

G


User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

Your wit and wisdom has been missed. Hopefully you will go on a "post-frenzy" for a few days to make up for lost time.

Kev



Blank.
User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1574 posts, RR: 23
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Canuckpaxguy
Not to compare you to a whore,.......

Gee. Thanks for that!  Wink/being sarcastic hehehe

Thecoz
Maybe if you did laugh in their face you would have enjoyed winning more than you did.

Maybe I would have won, but as I think I said, it really wasn't so important to me that I wanted to fight it to that level. If the fight is worth fighting, then sure I would take it all the way. But in the grand scheme of things....
BTW - your dog. Awwwwww.  Laugh out loud

Diamond
Your wit and wisdom has been missed.

Wit and wisdom? You feeling alright? hehehe

Mark



All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

Mark, I'm glad you didn't just decide to delete the old username and leave  Big thumbs up You're back on my RR list  Smile

I don't see how you could have been giving TUI a bad image, if anything, you gave them a good image!

Tom


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7089 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

I think that it is pathetic for them to take it out on you like that. As you mentioned, if that happened with companies like AA, Delta, Boeing Airbus etc..., then many people here on a.net would be screwed.

25 Sulman : Mark, Something's not right here. You say your name was never given out on this site, so I can only think of a few possibilities: 1) You had photograp
26 Post contains images Bananaboy : Sulman No, no and no to those questions! I was too shocked to even really delve as to how they found me, but at the end of the day, they are professio
27 Jasepl : Good to see you back Mark!
28 BananaBoY : Thanks jase and all Schoenorama What is a worldoftui You should click on the link at the top. World of Tui is the "master brand" for TUI AG. Basically
29 Post contains images Jkw777 : Turd, Good to see you back mate! I still can't get over the whole thing. Cheers, Justin
30 Airplay : Well...all the publicity has made us even more aware of TUI.....and much more prone to avoid dealing with these assholes.
31 Catatonic : In my opinion i would let them try to sue, they are calling your bluff! Just think of the fiasco when your mentioned in the news, how petty would they
32 Alcregular : Just noticed user ThomasCook, do you think they will be watching him? Big Brother is watching...
33 Post contains images MYT332 : Well if TUI got in contact with A.net with a legitimate reason to get Marks IP address then A.net would have to oblige. Once you've got someones IP ad
34 Post contains images Capital146 : Mark, I have only seen today that you have been forced to change your username. I don't blame you in the least for ridding yourself of the 'Worldoftui
35 BananaBoY : Capital146 Thanks for the kind words. Yes, in general, I spoke highly of the Tui group. I still have a belief that they have a great range of products
36 Thecoz : IMHO I think that World of TIO or TOFU...whoever they are...are afraid of their image being outside of their control. I don't think that they are afra
37 777ER : Why doesn't heaps of a.net fans send an e-mail to the World of Tui people telling them what we all think? Is that as low as the company can actually g
38 Aerobalance : Boycott TUI !!! ..............
39 Post contains links and images BananaBoY : IMHO I think that World of TIO or TOFU...whoever they are...are afraid of their image being outside of their control The Coz That is exactly it I thin
40 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : Lord knows I'd threaten to sue someone giving me free worldwide publicity It's not like he was attempting to pass himself off as an official source of
41 Post contains images Joge : Mark, I've once had a bit the same kind of issue with the local authorities here in Finland. I got an email telling me I can't use the ICAO code of He
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