My dealer told me this. They have to change font on headstock. I cannot find any confirmation online as yet.
It's been a long time since I heard of anyone calling someone on a font copyright. It's very easy to get around. All one has to do, graphically, is change the smallest little bit of some letters (eg. cut a serif foot in half, or round a corner, etc etc) and you've technically got a different font. This is how Arial got away with ripping off Swiss, which got away with ripping of Helvetica etc. lol.
I'll be surprised if this actually turns out to be a thing with Sigma. Even if it does become a thing, they could change the lettering so subtly that customers might never notice, but technically and legally, they'd be ok.
I guess we'll see what happens. Keep us updated.
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Sorry but all I can say is "pathetic storm in a tea cup", but good for a bit of publicity. 😀
Derick, I don't know where you get that impression? As I said, I cannot a find ANY news about this. So no publicity. We aren't trend setters at the Cabin
What I think happened is the guy read about Martin's fight with Chinese knock-offs starting back in 2010 and resolution in 2016 and made assumptions.
The client probably saw this news from 2016 about Martin's fight to win back it's Trademark in First-to-File China and thought it somehow applied to Sigma... Sigma may be manufactured in China but it is a German company, and the guitars are not counterfeits.
Martin Guitar strikes chord in victory against Chinese counterfeiters For nearly a decade, Upper Nazareth Township's Martin Guitar has worked through official channels in China to regain the rights to its trademark, the recognizable "C.F. Martin & Co." script it etches into every guitar it sells...