Update June 28, 2002: VICTORY!
Ford Motor Company has officially and unconditionally conceded its complete, utter, and perpetual loss on the merits of the FORD v. 2600 "FuckGeneralMotors.com" case. Ford has dismissed its appeal to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, meaning that Ford has completely given up all attempts to reverse the victory that 2600 Enterprises won on December 20, 2001. The mutually agreed dismissal papers were officially entered by the Sixth Circuit on June 27, 2002.
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You may have read some stories in the media recently about us getting sued
by yet another major corporation - this time the Ford Motor Company. We
wanted to wait until we actually heard something official before saying
anything about it. Incredibly, we didn't get anything official until late Friday.
You may recall that last year we received a
threat from General
concerning the fuckgeneralmotors.com site we had registered. They demanded
that we turn it over to them. We declined, citing such things as freedom
of speech. At the time, we had the site pointing to General Motors while
we waited for a better one to be developed. In subsequent months we pointed
the site to all kinds of other places: consumer information sites, auto
safety sites, even sites of their competitors.
Imagine our surprise when we found out that the Ford Motor Company was
actually taking us to court to get us to stop pointing
www.fuckgeneralmotors.com at ford.com. Ordinarily, we applaud when
huge companies look out for each other. But this was a bit extreme.
Had Ford come to us and asked us not to point to them, in all likelihood
we would have pointed it someplace else out of courtesy. But when demands
and accusations are made without any attempt at communication, we have to
object. After all, these tactics are designed to intimidate, and
in most cases they work because people don't have the energy or resources
to counter them. The fact that Ford has chosen to waste a huge amount of
money and a whole lot of court time is something we find repulsive.
In addition, Ford has always had the ability to simply block any requests
that are forwarded from www.fuckgeneralmotors.com. This is a fact they
certainly don't want known, since it would show how they are clearly
wasting resources with this frivolous suit and attempting to establish
a precedent that would forever affect the net community in a very bad way.
It's very important to realize what such a precedent would mean. It's easy
to see a four letter word and see it as a bad thing. But it's not the
four letter word that's the issue in this lawsuit but rather the criticism
of the corporate entities involved. Once the precedent is set, any site
that is critical of such entities - regardless of how they say it - will
be affected. If you point to someone without their specific permission,
you could find yourself being sued. That's why we intend to fight this
and that's why we will continue to register sites dedicated to preserving
the right of free speech.
We're told that a hearing will take place in federal court at 231 West
Lafayette Boulevard, Room 707 in Detroit on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at
2:30 pm. It's unlikely we'll be able to be ready for this due to the
incredibly short amount of time we've been given as well as the fact
that we're going to be in court the day before with our DeCSS appeal.
Perhaps that explains the timing of this latest threat.
Brief for Preliminary Injunction (Word Format)
Brief for Preliminary Injunction (PDF)
Complaint (Word Format)
Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Word Format)
Motion for Preliminary Injunction (PDF)
Notice of Hearing (Word Format)
Notice of Hearing (PDF)
Protective Order Motion (PDF)
Protective Order Motion (WordPerfect)
Goldstein Affidavit (PDF)
Goldstein Affidavit (WordPerfect)
Preliminary Injunction Opposition Brief and Motion to Dismiss (PDF)
Preliminary Injunction Opposition Brief and Motion to Dismiss (WordPerfect)
Rebuttal Letter Brief (PDF)
Rebuttal Letter Brief (WordPerfect)
Ford's objection (PDF)
2600's objection (PDF)
2600 Supplemental Declaration (PDF)
2600 Motion to Dismiss (PDF)
2600 Motion to Dismiss (WPD)
Order Denying Plaintiff's "Motion for Preliminary Injunction" (PDF)
Order Denying Plaintiff's "Motion for Preliminary Injunction" (HTML)