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Old 04-24-2016, 11:39 AM
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Adios Billet Technologies

Feds Shut Down Websites For Allegedly Selling Trademark-Infringing Car Parts*

Hope no one has an outstanding order. I stopped using these guys long ago. Their prices are a ripoff. I bought an oil separator tank for the Shelby from a guy who made them on the side and it was half the price and better than the one I had for the wife's WK1 SRT.

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Old 04-24-2016, 11:51 AM
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Re: Adios Billet Technologies

That's crazy. I was just going to order a catch can
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:46 PM
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Wow, i ordered a catch can from them earlier this yr....crazy...
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Re: Adios Billet Technologies

Guess I was lucky. Only took 4+ weeks for delivery with zero communication.
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Old 04-24-2016, 04:49 PM
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Re: Adios Billet Technologies

😡 Was gonna order a catch can from them. If anyone knows a reputable company making them let me know. Wanted to get one before I got my first oil change next month.


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Old 04-24-2016, 05:36 PM
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Re: Adios Billet Technologies

They are still in business. They have a new address Billet Technology | Modern Mopar Billet Accesories


From I understand, there were issues with their use of certain FCA logos on items.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:06 PM
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Re: Adios Billet Technologies

It will be interesting to see how this all turns out for them. They're using the new site to protest their innocence on the allegations/charges.

In a hypocritical twist, they're also slamming Speedlogix for attempting to reverse engineer BT products and having someone else produce BT knockoffs.
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Re: Adios Billet Technologies

This looks like old news based on their website postings.

Either way, whether they paid royalties to use FCA logos or not, I really don't give a damn. They were using them for aesthetic, brand promotion purposes for THE CUSTOMERS. It's not like they were making parts and claiming they were made by FCA to make a profit.

Yes, their stuff is a bit expensive. But I've had no issues with my BT can in the two years I've had it, between 3 vehicles. Their CS is pretty decent, and I got my original order within a week. I'd love to have more of their stuff, but spending all that money on something that will never be seen (in my circumstances) is pointless for me.

If they violated the law, good on the feds I guess - but I'm sure there's much more productive shit they could be doing instead of slamming a company making ****in' radiator caps with the vehicle's OEM logos.
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This is ridiculous...next we'll have to take the "jeep" out of jeepgarage.
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Re: Adios Billet Technologies

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This looks like old news based on their website postings.
Nope, this is the SECOND time the Feds have done this, they did it in October of last year and the folks ran to a new domain, just like this time.
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Re: Adios Billet Technologies

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This is ridiculous...next we'll have to take the "jeep" out of jeepgarage.


Shhh...don't say that too loud.
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This looks like old news based on their website postings.

Either way, whether they paid royalties to use FCA logos or not, I really don't give a damn. They were using them for aesthetic, brand promotion purposes for THE CUSTOMERS. It's not like they were making parts and claiming they were made by FCA to make a profit.
It may be old news but it's still active. The Feds move at their own speed.

It doesn't matter what BT's motives are and whether or not it's simply aesthetic, brand promotion purposes for the customers... the fact is they're putting copyright/trademarked logos on their products, selling them and making a profit on it.

Copyright/trademark infringement has become a pretty big deal over the last several years. BT claims they paid royalties to FCA... yet the Feds are pursuing BT on this and that wouldn't be happening if FCA hadn't filed a complaint about it.

Anything produced visually or in writing has an implied copyright whether it's marked that way or not... unless it specifically falls into or is placed in public domain by the photographer, artist or author.

Here's a classic example of being in public domain...



The person who took this picture worked for the Forest Service or US Fish & Wildlife Service (can't remember which) and he tried to copyright it. He couldn't because he was working and being paid by the taxpayers at the time he took it. That placed the picture in public domain and made it free to be used by anyone.
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