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  Posted by: emanoh on Jan-08-13 11:02 AM (EST)

I side with carldelo, I can understand if youíre sponsored by a certain product or company and obviously you want to support your brand, but alleging someone copied a design are strong words, ďdemís fighting words in some parts of the world.Ē
I would expect LeBron James to tout Nike over Adidas, but it loses luster if he goes off and bashes Adidas to make his product look better. Yes, there are similarities in the single mast design, but Iím guessing there are numerous design features that the creators can trumpet on both accounts. I believe you can improve on designs and nobody truly owns a design that is publicly accepted like a single mast sail. No one company owns the rights to hull shapes that are designed as fish form vs. swede form, or hard vs. soft chine, Brit vs. North America, etc. Yes there is intellectual property at all levels and if Chevy starts making a pick-up that looks exactly like a F-150, then there are issues.

There are also encyclopedia length court cases on who really owns what? I remember a few years ago the professional wrestling organization WWF had to change their name to WWE, because another company fought in court for the rights to those initials, etc.

I appreciate the owners joining in and supporting their products, but Iíd rather follow the comments and reviews of independent owners. Just like the kayak reviews on this site, I bet 90% or more rank their boats 10 out of 10 and you have to take their comments with a grain of salt. It is easy to say one product is the best when you havenít tried others. Nobody wants to admit they bought a dog boat or crappy gear. You can comment and say I tried these ďfive or sixĒ kayaks and this one fit me the best for my needs. All over this site people will say a particular boat is tippy, weathercocks, is uncomfortable, etc, and then youíll have just as many posts spouting the opposite, ďthat was the best boat Iíve ever owned!Ē

Iíve seen, touched and tried a falcon sail and comment on the quality and its use, but havenít tried a flat earth sail. You can make some assumptions by comparing photos reading descriptions on the websites, but in the end I wouldnít knock or allege unless a side-by-side comparison was available, even then Iíd have a hard time knocking one product over another. One manís junk is another manís treasure, right?

Mick, wow, what kind of dictionary do you use in Tasmania?


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