[WWI] Is the sky falling?

Stuart L. Malone smalone at kc.rr.com
Tue Jan 18 10:26:38 EST 2005

There is no liability.  That's why you can't buy a kit with glue, 
paint, and a knife in it anymore.  The new model boxes only supply 
plastic.  Then there are the disclaimers.  They declare that other 
tools and supplies may be needed to finish the kit and they declare an 
age range.  They are pretty much covered.  The aircraft designers 
didn't provide the kit.  They gave license for someone to build a scale 
representation.  Any suit against them would be laughed out of court, 
even if you could find a lawyer to take the case.

			Stuart L. Malone

On Jan 18, 2005, at 8:18 AM, Michael Kendix wrote:

> Stuart:
> Apparently the issue is not simply the payment of royalties but also 
> liability insurance.  Should someone be injured by the product, the 
> smart lawyer will come after Boeing rather than John Marco since the 
> former have deeper pockets, at least, that's what I assume.  This 
> might be a fairly hefty cost given the litigiousness of US society
> I believe that one of the leaders in the campaign to help model 
> manufacturers is Stevens International located in Magnolia, New 
> Jersey.  I think this is in Rob Andrews's district - hence the request 
> in a previous MM guest editorial to write to said congressman.  
> Andrews will have a stake here because one of the employers in his 
> district is under duress.  I think that the larger companies need to 
> be involved, such as Squadron, who will hopefully contact their member 
> of congress for assistance.
> I cannot imagine that these licensing fees will make a firm like 
> Boeing much money.  Here's a company that on December 12, 2004 signed 
> a contract with the U.S. Army for $549 million for 17 new-build CH-47F 
> Chinook helicopters.   On December 22, 2004, Boeing annoucnced they 
> received a $21 million Navy contract to provide engineering technical 
> support for navigational systems on United States and United Kingdom 
> Trident I and Trident II submarines. On October 12, 2004 they 
> announced that they had been awarded $767 million in funding from the 
> Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue the 
> X-45C portion of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) 
> demonstration program over the next five years. Just go to:
> http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/archive2004.html
> and look - they literally have billions of dollars in government 
> contracts.  I'm not saying they don't deserve them but I cannot 
> conceive of why they're chasing John Marco and his like around for the 
> sake of $1,500 or whatever.
> Michael
> And that's just a single contract!!  Is it really worth their lawyers 
> time to chase after a few hundred grand in licensing fees?
> Michael
>> From: "Stuart L. Malone" <smalone at kc.rr.com>
>> Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 06:25:53 -0600
>>> Part I
>>> Hmm, how about a different view point?

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