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Cotten

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Post Sat May 17, 2014 5:27 am

New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

Wow Folks!

I just got my new Tedd V-TWIN catalog,
and opened first to the page 667 Linkert listing of course.

And low and behold, I see a photo of my Sunnen and torque-plate fixture, and two of my photos with my signature pool-table felt back ground, used to promote their rebuild services.

Here it is online: http://www.vtwinmfg.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/VTwinProd5_10101_10102_3383952_-1_142247_142648_142660_142662

These photos were stolen from the web, possibly this very forum, or here, http://www.antiquemotorcycle.org/bboard/showthread.php?21359-M61B-Carb-body, or here http://www.hydra-glide.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=7196, or other forums I have posted upon.

I am NOT servicing for, or through Tedd, but only through my own shop.

Can anyone refer me to an appropriate attorney?

....Cotten
Liberty Motorcycle Specialties, Inc.
118 N. Washington Street
Lacon, IL 61540 USA

liberty@npoint.net
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Pa

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Post Sat May 17, 2014 6:00 am

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

Wish I could recommend an attorney for you Cotton but alas I know none in the field. However, you can bet Tedd Cycle had his attorneys go over the add before he had it put into print. I assume that is why the disclaimer "Picture may not be an actual representation of item" is posted below the picture. What is usually on the web is accessible to all unless pictures are copyrighted, along with water marks, or computer language embedded in a picture to prevent downloading or printing.
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Post Sat May 17, 2014 9:34 am

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

I wish to thank our forum host for the wide edit window!
(That last link should work now....)

And Pa!
That's a pretty lame disclaimer.
And its just like an attorney to say go ahead and pirate someone else's handiwork, and pass it off as your own.

Considering the quality of their catalog hardware, I shudder to consider the quality of the work.

.....Cotten
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Post Sat May 17, 2014 11:32 am

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

Personally I would say it is a lame disclaimer as well. I'm not a lawyer though. I see it as plain dirty business trickery. Not only on you but on the consumer.
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Post Mon May 19, 2014 10:14 am

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

Cotten. Unless your photographs were copyrighted I don't think you have a claim. Pictures posted on the net are public domain. But Tedd shouldn't have been so lazy and should have taken his own pictures.
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Post Mon May 19, 2014 10:33 am

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

It's bizarre, Folks,...

That they would use the photo of my ancient Sunnen, and represent it as their own.
Surely they have something better!

....Cotten
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Post Tue May 20, 2014 12:36 pm

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

Cotton, my condolences on being blatantly ripped off by a company with no honor. They have probably copied your repair technique as well (only without your regard for quality). I recently received an email from V-Twin touting the fact that they now offer the Midwest Ultima clone (spelled r-i-p-o-f-f) of the S&S E carb. They were a little more "coy" when they put it in their catalog though. It is on page 335 with the only description being: "R" carburetor has 1-7/8" bore. How's that for full disclosure? I guess companies of a feather flock together. The danger posed by those carbs due to poor quality control has been documented elsewhere (magazine articles), but I suppose both companies are making enough money through their questionable business practices to afford enough insurance to settle a wrongful death suit or two and still come out ahead of the game.

It really is a shame that a company like V-Twin is so often the only source for many hard to find parts for the early bikes. Let's hope that S&S is able to continue its effort to expand its line of parts to the point where those who are concerned with quality can put their V-Twin catalogs in the dumpster where they belong.
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Post Thu May 29, 2014 3:05 pm

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

Well Folks,...

My suggestion that they simply retain me as a consultant didn't go over well.

(Their loss, not mine.)

Although they will pull their website pics, there are probably thousands of their catalogs distributed world wide, and I should bite it.

Those who feel motivated to express their feelings should do so to [url]VTwinMFG.com[/url]

Thanks,

....Cotten
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Post Fri May 30, 2014 6:50 am

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

So much for equal justice.
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Post Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:07 am

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Go figure Folks,...

Tedd's lawyers sent me an icy letter first!
And it is far from an apology.

.....Cotten
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Post Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:28 am

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Sorry to hear that Cotton. What goes around comes around.....eventually.
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Post Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:53 pm

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

Post it Tom
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Post Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:06 pm

Re: New Tedd's V-TWIN catalog: I have been violated!

It would be premature, Kurt,...

...until I have better counsel.

....Cotten

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