Volvo Tries To Take Away Domain Of The Volo Auto Museum

from the lawyers-without-brains dept

Found over on Dave Farber's IP list is this news that Volvo (the car company owned by Ford) has decided to try to take away the domain name of the Volo Auto Museum, in Volo, Illinois. The Volo Auto Museum has been in operation for over 40 years and has displays of "antique, classic, and muscle cars". The Volo Auto Museum has struck back with an amusingly written press release detailing why they think the effort from Volvo to take their domain is unfounded. Unfortunately, at this time, it appears no news organization has taken up the story, leaving only the press release to link to - but unlike your standard corporate press release, this one has some quotes worth mentioning. For example: "Can you imagine anyone interested in viewing on the Internet or purchasing a 1972 Mustang Mach I, being confused and therefore not purchasing a 2003 Volvo 4-door sedan? Or is Volvo contending that the museum is somehow profiting or being deceitful by displaying a beautifully restored 1958 Thunderbird and, therefore, a potential Volvo customer might be misled into thinking that the restored 1958 Thunderbird is a late model Volvo?" Update: And along come the trademark lawyers to suggest it's more complicated than this story makes it out to be. Yes, it's true, that Volvo's website is and the Volo Automuseum has the website - but it's still tough to believe that anyone going to one instead of the other wouldn't quickly realize their mistake. The "threat" of lost business due to this is minimal.

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    Hardy har har har, Apr 25th, 2003 @ 8:07am


    Next Volvo of America will take away the town's home page.

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    Joe Schmoe, Apr 28th, 2003 @ 9:01am


    Hmmm, just what does it say about [Volvo] when its' customer base is apparently unable to even spell? I guess not much when it takes the next step of pursuing a lawsuit that brings this to light...

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2003 @ 6:27pm

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    stupid volvo who wants to buy there cars anyway

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2003 @ 6:30pm

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    Is there a porn site called Vulva? Why don't Volvo sue them.

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    Anonymous Coward, May 23rd, 2005 @ 7:20am

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    O ya...speaking of stupid cars. GM and Ford are doing nicely. Jackass. Not to mention, volvo does hold the world record for having a car with the highest mileage, and at one time, had the fastest 4cly on earth...stupid volvo and thier
    reliable/safe/comfortable/fast cars. Go buy a Citation, enjoy that.

    Cars are my thing, and one thing i know from personal expirence, and buy working on them, volvos are built, and their engines still boggle my mind to this day.

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 26th, 2006 @ 7:40am

    American museum should have preference over foreign car company.

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