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To the best of my knowledge on the subject, there is no statute of limitations on the reserved rights to do something.

I beleive the only exception to this might be if a replica of something was desired, the company was out of business and there was no known heir to the business that might have the rights reserved.

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You still need to deal with securing the rights to use the name and/or likeness of anything else used on the same subject that was manufactured by another company.

In other words...if a Hubster XYZ car was built in 1945 for only one year and they sold 200 cars then went out of business with no known claimants to the Hubster XYZ, then you can replicate it. If the tires that were on it were goodyear...then you would still need the permission of Goodyear to replicate the likeness and the name on the tire. If not, then a generic tire would need to be used.
 

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QUOTE (VOA @ 3 Apr 2004, 11:07)The copyright, license crap really is rediculous sometimes.

QUOTE And yes, BMW and Ford hold the rights. My Fly GT40 has a licensing sticker but my M3 doesn't.

and there is the rub...I think Ford may be licensed, but not Ford GT 40. I read where Ford does not own the right's any more gt40, let it lapse or sold it, got bought and sold a couple of times, and now some french toy company owns it. Hense, they can't even use it on their new high powered copycat gt 40 sports car.

How about plain white of each and every model, don't even call a Javelin, but we will all know, and then just sell a bunch of decals?
There is a company in the Mid west US that makes aftermarket parts and accessories for the GT-40. Ford never saw the need to revisit the GT-40 so they sold everything to them including the rights to the name.

When the Ford GT concept car came around, for wanted to call it the GT-40 but that was quickly put on the back burner since this guy has a veritable gold mine going and was not about to give up the name or the rights for anything.

Shelby put the slam on anything that is a cobra replica as well. He will bring anybody to court that even alludes to the cobra name in their replicas. There is no known shelby authorized replica out there. Even Bob Bondurants company Factory Five racing makes replicas authentic to the Cobras (roadster and daytonas) but the name is not used anyplace.

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