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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order 207

An anonymous reader writes Ikea has sent the IkeaHackers blog a C&D order over the usage of the Ikea name. IkeaHackers hosts articles on how to hack Ikea furniture to make it more useful in daily life. From the article: "Speaking to the BBC, an Ikea representative said: 'We feel a great responsibility to our customers and that they always can trust Ikea... many people want to know what really is connected to Ikea - and what isn't. And we think that people should have that right. When other companies use the Ikea name for economic gain, it creates confusion and rights are lost.'
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

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  • Ikea evil? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by just_another_sean ( 919159 ) on Monday June 16, 2014 @01:52PM (#47247555) Journal

    While it does seem like they were kind of thuggish about it I can sort of understand IKEA's position. He's using their trademarks and name without much mention of the fact it's not an official site and while it looks like it's a neat DIY type of site it is also covered in ads. The explanation offered in the article is reasonable but he calls himself naive for not seeing this coming so he does seem to understand what he's doing wrong.

    I see him having two options; 1) comply and take down all the advertising plus put up a clear disclaimer that he's not affiliated with IKEA or 2) radically change the site to remove all mention of IKEA and their trademarks.

    1 seems like a better option for his community while 2 would be better for him, if he can keep his community going despite downplaying IKEA as an important aspect of it, e.g. just make it about furniture in general.

    While I can respect IKEA's stance I wish they could have done more to work with him, seems to me he's providing free advertising and a fair bit of fan excitement about their products. If they could set some reasonable guidelines on what they expect from a fan site I'm sure he guy would have complied...

  • stupid move (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 16, 2014 @01:57PM (#47247605)

    Ironically thanks to this site I've actually bought Ikea furniture. Way to miss an opportunity, Ikea.

  • by MobyDisk ( 75490 ) on Monday June 16, 2014 @02:28PM (#47247879) Homepage

    A lawyer explained to me that that is not true. They have another option.

    They can send a letter to the site offering them a $0/yr license to use the mark.

    In my non-lawyer opinion, I think they could also send them a letter stating that Ikea decided not to sue them because are not infringing, and advise them how to use the mark appropriately to prevent future infringement. I remember talking to a lawyer about this and he didn't like that approach, but I believe lawyers are biased on this subject. Probably because it prevents their ability to sue in the future. But that's how lawyers think. If I explained copyleft to him his head probably would have exploded.

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