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Old 02-09-2012, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Ximenean View Post
Fender do chase after people who copy their headstock design. For some reason, that appears to be intellectual property that they can and do protect. They probably don't bother with the really small-fry copyists, but you'll note that the more well-known companies who make Strat-a-likes do not copy the headstock shape exactly. Sometimes the difference is minor, but enough for anyone who's remotely familiar with genuine Fenders. Similar story with Gibson knock-offs
There was only ever one actual lawsuit, and it was about headstock shape.

It was settled out of court, so no judgement was ever made, but in practical terms the outcome was "you can copy body shape all you like but copying headstock shape will get you into trouble".