Reflections

A BRIEF WORD


| November/December 1987



Sandow engines

22/11/3

Arlo Jurney

Several readers have contacted us regarding a recent comment in this column that General Motors has clamped down on unauthorized reproduction of decals, literature, and other items. One of our readers forwarded a clipping from the July 30, 1987 issue of Old Cars Weekly which confirms our earlier report.

According to an article in Old Cars Weekly, retail automotive stores throughout the United States were raided on June 24, 1987 by the. FBI, local and state police, and other federal officers, all armed with warrants. Apparently these officials were instructed to seize, 'among other items, reproduction decals, labels, trim tags, printing negatives, plates, dies and metal stamping equipment displaying GM trademarks.' In addition, financial and business records were seized-these included everything from sales invoices and checkbook registers to bank statements and suppliers' lists.

As we recently indicated in this column, the June 24 raid could happen in our hobby as well. Although many trademark logos are now inactive or abandoned, many others are still in effect. We're not trying to raise great consternation and alarm in this regard, but we feel duty-bound to let our readers know of the GM crackdown, and implore everyone who is now or who anticipates reprinting or reproducing any parts, literature, nameplates, or other items that may still be under patents, trademark, or copyright protection to secure written permission for reproduction of these items. Going this route could well be filled with countless letters, a fair amount of stone walling, and possibly an inordinate amount of frustration. On the other hand, this dwarfs the problems that might occur, should a company follow the pattern of General Motors. Getting a warrant served by the FBI, plus seizure of your property and perhaps a journey to court would certainly top off a great day!

While the Reflector feels that large corporations, or at least their legal departments, might sometimes become overzealous in the protection of what is rightfully theirs, the point is that in those cases where infringement does exist, they are at least technically in the right, and certainly do have the right to protection under the law. We're not about to dispense any legal advice on this subject, but for any of you who feel you might be in this category, perhaps you might consider obtaining some legal counsel in this regard.

The other day we received a copy of The Olde Machinery Mart published in Australia. It is a most interesting little magazine. Although a great many British-built engines are illustrated and discussed, an amazing number of American-made engines were also shipped to Australia. For further information, contact: The Olde Machinery Mart, Box 5237 M.C., Townsville 4810, Australia.

22/11/1 Q. What color is a Sandow engine, 1? HP by Sandy McManus, Waterloo, Iowa. Also what year was it built? Rick Rohrs, 1125 Broad St., Princeton, NE 68404.