Harley-Davidson Forces Website to Change Domain Name to IronRides.com
Think the Motor Company isn’t serious about protecting what is certainly one of the most well-recognized brands around the world? Think again…
About a month after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. (HOG), a Delaware resident says he was forced to change the domain name for his motorcycle-fan social-networking site.
“They’ll never convince me that my members are foolish enough to think this site is owned by Harley,” Coulbourne said of the name change.
According to Harley-Davidson’s trademark attorney, David M. Kelly of Washington-based Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, send a missive to Coulbourne’s lawyer Fritz Clapp, calling for the change to prevent his client from being slapped with a a copyright lawsuit. Clapp also happens to be the general counsel to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Kelly said that while his client doesn’t object to discussions of Harley-Davidson products on the website, the domain name HarleySpace.com might cause members of the public to mistakenly consider it an official Harley-Davidson Motor Company site.