I have a question which probably requires the advice of a lawyer or someone who has in depth knowledge of Trade Marks & Registration Marks.
Is it a viloation of law to reproduce such things as decals or labels even though the decals & labels
are declared obsolete by the manufacturer, as well as the items that those decals & labels would be applied to.
This question is always presenting itself when we talk about restoration of no longer made vintage equipement. The way I see it, is that if I have a tractor that's pushing almost fifty years old, & the parts for it are no longer made & the equipement itself is obsoleted by the manufacturer, I think I would have the legal right to make a reproduction of the item or part as long as I clearly indicate that it's a reproduction and has no association with the original manufacturer.
Strangely enough, isin't this what the chinese & a lot of other countries are doing right now & appear to be getting away with it. Everything from shoe laces to cotton swabs are flooding the retail market place & no one has the ability to stop it or the willingness to stop it. Yet if someone here dares to reproduce a single decal or other sundry item, the giants are ready to destroy the little guy, but have no problem looking the other way regarding non obsolete business killing fake products comeing down the Ho Chi Min Trail. Anyone have any thoughts on this.