How's about everyone crowdfund their defense and challenge of this unreasonable copyright?
It's neither. It's a "trademark". And saying "Gibson did it first" doesn't change that.
"Burger King" was not the first company to be "The Home of The Whopper", but they did trademark it. And then forced a local business around here to take down their sign that had been on display for decades.
DiMarzio trademarked something that stood out on their product. if they don't defend the trademark, they will forfeit it. I support DiMarzio on this. Not because "I like it", but because they ARE working within a system. We have rules. You'd hate it if we didn't.
Let anyone on this site get the slightest whiff of a non-Gibson guitar with an "open book" profile headstock.... we get all
Dimarzio also has the trademark for the term "PAF," as well as (I believe) chrome bobbins.
Dimarzio's bid to get chrome bobbins trademarked was denied.
Wow, this is a rough crowd.
I hope Larry wins his case. He filed for the trademark, no one contested it and it was granted. Good for him. That's how it works. I guess I'm on "Team Larry", as weird as that sounds. I believe in his right to defend his trademark.
I also believe in intellectual property and I also believe in private property.
On another note, I have never known Larry DiMarzio to be a "Scumbag" as someone has stated. Have you ever talked to Larry in person or on the phone?