Mercedes-Benz Crushes Unauthorized Replica 300 SL Gullwing

Copyright infringement can bring a host of serious consequences, including having your handiwork destroyed. When German courts found that a company had made an unauthorized copy of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL body, the Mercedes Classic center was able to confiscate and crush the infringing bodywork.

The design of the original W198-series Mercedes 300 SL, which launched in 1954 as a coupe before the roadster bowed in 1957, is subject to a copyright and trademark owned by Mercedes' parent company Daimler AG. When the company discovered a German group building fiberglass copies of the 300 SL's iconic body, it decided to demonstrate that, "Daimler AG has long taken a tough approach to vehicle replicas."

The 326-pound fiberglass body shell was carefully removed from the chassis of the replica car, and then placed into 30-tonne (over 66,000 pounds) presses owned by Mercedes Classic. In just a few short minutes, the illegally reproduced 300 SL was "smashed into small pieces" and a legal certificate of its destruction was signed. We get the sense Mercedes officials rather enjoyed watching the destruction take place.

Word to the wise: if you're planning on duplicating car designs from one of the world's major automakers, do your due diligence and cough up any licensing fees ahead of time.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

You've gotta know the laws of the country you're in! German company building cars in Germany = subject to German copyright law. They'd have been fine if they'd built it in the UK!! I'm not an expert on US law, but I see that there's at least some replicas being built there, too. Get building, replica fans!!!!!
Nazis. I won't even give a dollar to any of their dealerships now.

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