"Today, Tennessee Walking Horses are known throughout the industry
as the breed that shows abused and tortured horses."

~ Jim Heird, Ph.D., Do Right By The Horse, February 2010

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."

~ St. Francis of Assisi

Monday, August 18, 2008

NEWS - NWHA Tracking Registry Prevails

As is the last two posts, here's some more backlog. I have a lot to say about this one--I'll have to talk about it in a future post....

Click here for the press release from NWHA’s website

TWHBEA had instigated a lawsuit against NWHA, stating that NWHA was infringing on TWHBEA’s copyright by asking for pedigree information on horses registered with the TWHBEA. TWHBEA claimed trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution, and intentional interference with business relations, and copyright infringement. Of the five claims, the court ruled in favor of NWHA of the first four claims. The court ruled in favor of TWHBEA on the copyright infringement in that NWHA asked for copies of TWHBEA paperwork on the horse to prove its pedigree. However, The court ruled that pedigree information is property of the owner, now of TWHBEA. Therefore, the pedigree information can still be provided to NWHA by the owner if the owner so chooses to do so.

For reference information, I have included the press release from the TWHBEA website. It is important to note that TWHBEA has not provided the level of detail that NWHA provided in their press release. They only provide information on the single ruling in their favor. Click here for the press release.

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