Page 7 of 7 FirstFirst ... 567
Results 61 to 63 of 63
  1. #61
    Senior Member BillyBob58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Tupelo, MS
    Posts
    9,020
    Images
    364
    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Trooper-
    To be fair to this community, there wasn't always such a negative tone towards Tom Hennessy. When I joined, his hammocks dominated this forum. ..............
    That is exactly my recollection also. When I joined, I had owned an HHULExplorer and SS for a couple of months and had been on a one week trip with it. There was a bit of back and forth between pro HH and pro Speer folks, and I only heard good things said about both companies and products. But, HH clearly dominated the polls. That was roughly 3 years ago.
    Apparently, signature that I used from 2006 no longer tolerated so now deleted.

  2. #62
    Senior Member BillyBob58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Tupelo, MS
    Posts
    9,020
    Images
    364
    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Trooper-
    To be fair to this community, there wasn't always such a negative tone towards Tom Hennessy. When I joined, his hammocks dominated this forum. People had plenty of positive things to say about him and his products. It wasn't until stories of Tom cruising campgrounds to find people 'stealing' his ideas that the negative chatter started. Then he pushed it over the limit by being a complete and total *** at Trail Days one year.

    This community once held open arms towards Tom Hennessy and he still rejected it. His business practices are questionable, sure. But for my part, the issue is much more directed at the way he treated people who wanted to buy his products. To be fair, my last several dealings with Tom have been very positive and he knows I'm a big fan and supporter of Warbonnet Outdoors; a company that I'm positive leaves a bad taste in his mouth.



    As for not wanting to subject himself to ridicule on Hammock Forums, why not? Many/most of the other manufacturers do. Brandon (warbonnetguy) still carries a chip on his shoulder (don't lie, you know it's true ) about me ragging on his first tarp offering; I thought it would hold too much snow due to it's somewhat extreme bend in the ridgeline. I've seen and have had a few disagreements with the Jacks; still a fan of their gear. Ed Speer caught a bunch of crud about the weight of his SnugFit early on; the list goes on. He shouldn't be so concerned about it, it's part of life. The advantages for him would be huge since he would have a pool of a hundred active members, at any given point, doing R&D for him....for free!.
    Well put and very accurate. I have also had some "interesting" discussions with a product maker( other than TH) over different opinions of how something was working. It all worked out good though, and I am a strong promoter of their gear.

    But, though general customer service and product quality was always first rate - I remember being in the back yard with TH talking me through confusion on a cell phone!- Tom never seemed much interested in possible ways the product could be improved. There is a lot of R&D and testing that goes on among users of this forum.
    Apparently, signature that I used from 2006 no longer tolerated so now deleted.

  3. #63
    Senior Member BillyBob58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Tupelo, MS
    Posts
    9,020
    Images
    364
    Cannibal:
    I honestly believe he's trying to do right these days. It's simply very difficult for a king (self-appointed or not) to fall upon his sword.
    Well King Saul did it, so what's the problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredFeet View Post
    I am not a lawyer, but as I read the pertinent US Code - you are wrong.

    From: 35 U.S.C. 271 Infringement of patent.


    You will note that it specifically states that "making" something that is patented is an infringement.

    So as a DIYer, just making your own copy of a patented object is an infringement and you have doubly infringed by then using the patented object. Morally you are wrong as a DIYer to make and give away a patented object since you are then depriving the holder(s) of the patent income rightfully due them. Legally ( and morally??) it makes no difference if you think the patent was granted wrongly. If you strongly think that the patent was granted wrongly, then you should legally pursue having the patent declared invalid. Of course that is going to cost you a lot in terms of time and money. Civil disobedience has a long history in this country, but you should at least have a clear picture of your civil disobedience.

    Of course, trying to bring a DIYer to court is going to cost more than the court action is probably worth to the patent holder. But legally the patent holder could do so and if they win the court case, cause the DIYer to stop and probably relinquish the patented object made.

    Just trying to clear up a misconception about "making" something for your own use that is patented.
    Hmmmmmmmmmmm........ Very informative indeed!
    Apparently, signature that I used from 2006 no longer tolerated so now deleted.

Similar Threads

  1. Sheltowee Hammock Company - Boone 40* insulated hammock system
    By Gresh in forum Other Vendors and Services
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 08-04-2015, 19:16
  2. I want to get a patent
    By Indy138 in forum Articles
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 01-24-2015, 07:17
  3. The Alpine Hammock hit with patent suit from Clark Jungle Hammocks
    By voivalin in forum Other Vendors and Services
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 04-26-2014, 08:36
  4. Insulated pad and one hammock
    By Crawldaddy in forum [SOLD/WITHDRAWN] Items no longer available
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 06-30-2011, 12:54
  5. New Patent Application
    By Youngblood in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 02-15-2008, 22:08

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •