How a Lawsuit Killed Youtube’s Most Exciting Project Car

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Movie cars are always cool, but can the owners of Gone in 60 Seconds or Back to the Future sue you for build Eleanor or a Delorean Time Machine? What do you have to do to stop your movie replica from becoming a legal nightmare? If you want to build a Batmobile, or a Jurassic Park Jeep, or a Fast and Furious Supra, there's some things you'll need to know. Nolan takes a look at some of the most recent cases to rock the car world, and we find out exactly what puts a project at risk of being shut down.
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Trey DeJesus
Trey DeJesus Vor 34 Minuten
The fact that they were able to seize the car is complete bullshit. They should sue. Changing the name should be enough.
Kovac Mordus
Kovac Mordus Vor Stunde
Man... that’s an easy fix, this car is NOT CALLED Eleanor... This car is called Eleanoor, Eleanor Mach1, FM Eleanor or my favorite “E for Eleanor” they can even call it “B4B-ELEANOR” or even “NOT ELEANOR “
Drakenkorin27 Vor 2 Stunden
Cant he just change the name. Say oh you heard wrong its eloise
Andras Jonas
Andras Jonas Vor 2 Stunden
I don't hear about DeLorean's being seized. Lame. Either all or none should be covered, named or not (none being preferred). How is it not free advertisement?
Gabriel Guerrero
Gabriel Guerrero Vor 2 Stunden
So can I buy a 1966 batmobile
Hofius Vor 3 Stunden
You shouldn’t be able to copy right a name
The Science Sphere
The Science Sphere Vor 3 Stunden
I'm naming my unpaid Bills Eleanor.
V Vor 7 Stunden
Let me introduce you to French youtubers "Vilebrequin" and the most exciting project ever : a 1000hp LS swapped Fiat Multipla! you guys will love this.
Gabe *lastname*
Gabe *lastname* Vor 8 Stunden
Can’t wait to see Eleanor LLC burn to the fucking ground
Brady Vor 9 Stunden
so if I buy a Mustang, and tell somebody its name is Eleanor, they can just TAKE it?
fawwaz ahmed
fawwaz ahmed Vor 10 Stunden
ok wtf they cant take someones car thats messed up just caus they named it that when it can be changed on the internet. really messed up
Andrew McCumber
Andrew McCumber Vor 10 Stunden
Imagine being named eleanor and being legally owned by copyright
Agustin Castro
Agustin Castro Vor 11 Stunden
So they stole a car and the us legal system said "yeah take it"
RDREAMS 12 Vor 11 Stunden
So if i name my daughter Eleanor will they take her away?
lil shroomie
lil shroomie Vor 12 Stunden
okay but how tf can they TAKE the car just cos they give it a name... thats fucked up
AGwolf2097 Vor 12 Stunden
So can I make a replica of the police cars from the Mario movie without getting sued?
Peter Parker
Peter Parker Vor 15 Stunden
imagine you named your daughter “eleanor” and they just took her from you
The Science Sphere
The Science Sphere Vor 4 Stunden
Sounds like something Eleanor LLC would do
Dart 340
Dart 340 Vor 17 Stunden
Just name the car Ellen-or. LOL Or just Ellen, people will get it. :)
IS 3hunna
IS 3hunna Vor 17 Stunden
What if your name is Eleanor you own a Mustang and you put your name on the licence plate
Steak N Shake
Steak N Shake Vor 20 Stunden
This is bullshit, what if I named my child iPhone 5s? Can apple just take away my child since it’s “infringement”
Fee Vor 21 Stunde
Build it again identically with a different name
Roberto richardsen
Roberto richardsen Vor 21 Stunde
how about K.I.T.T. ;-)
smallbustboy matthews
smallbustboy matthews Vor 21 Stunde
My goodness, i named my daughter Eleanor do that mean i do not own her, hell she's not going to be happy , i mean i i don't own her who pays for her wedding.
judgegixxer Vor 21 Stunde
Some poor 11 year old builds a Monogram model of "Eleanor" and makes a video of it, next morning the swat team breaks into his house, arrests him and confiscates it.
judgegixxer Vor 21 Stunde
Time to do a Mustang build called "Ellamore" or "Aleanor" or do an "Eleanor" with a Mercury Cougar.
Canadian Goose
Canadian Goose Vor 21 Stunde
It’s fucking bullshit that someone can just take your car because you named it the same as another person’s car. Like you can’t just take someone child because they named it the same as your child
PrimedBuddha Vor 21 Stunde
Wow, who knew that if you support your community and aren't a money hungry jack hole that the community would flip around and support you even more? /s
Floater Joe
Floater Joe Vor Tag
All I hear is rich people suck. And are afraid poor people will do it better
Wyatt Horn
Wyatt Horn Vor Tag
wait. If you buy the ORIGINAL first Eleanor mustang. can they take it away from you because its named Eleanor ?
Jeiemar Roxas
Jeiemar Roxas Vor Tag
That Eleanor thing is ridiculous.
Davis Campbell
Davis Campbell Vor Tag
Screw eleanor llc.
pepOnshow Vor Tag
Man i knew about this, did not know about why, that sucks man, sucks you can't name your car, like in the movie, even if it is a regular 66 mustang v6 and you name it Eleanor, and its a hot red color and these asshole's since it is a mustang can take it away with no problem because of the name? Vor Tag
I'm building a "Rigby" A 1971 Mustang fastback with a 1973 grill, no hood scoop in yellow with black trim with the small ford hubcaps and beauty rings. Any resemblance to any movie car is purely circumstantial.
diegogtz Vor Tag
I named this channel eleanor, Sorry Donut.
TheClamp God
TheClamp God Vor Tag
New project incoming. My new mustang build: El Lenõr
PistonShack Vor Tag
On 3:00 Yellow Mustang has Ukrainian licence plate - that's cool!
randomroly Vor Tag
the Elaine
Timothy Mckee
Timothy Mckee Vor Tag
Hire Cage to steal it back.
Marine Vet One Roman
Marine Vet One Roman Vor Tag
GerTrude LLC as in GT... watch out boys...
Christian Davenport
Christian Davenport Vor Tag
Wowwwww!!! They stole that mans baby!! Unacceptable!!! 😭 I cry for you brother....#EleanorWasKidnapped
Nick Fulton
Nick Fulton Vor Tag
hit the nail on the head bobby
Eric Sills
Eric Sills Vor Tag
The car in the movie isn't even a real gt500. I believe the fuel cap is in the wrong place in the movie. So I've been told. Can anyone confirm?
loz11968 Vor Tag
Everyone should get the worst piece of scrap car that’s falling apart writing mustang Eleanor on it video it upload it to yt and tell them to come get their property and they will be charged storage fees if they don’t come get it in the next 7 days lol
Markku Pesonen
Markku Pesonen Vor Tag
Need name my S-Class Mercedes Eleanor. Come take it from Finland 😜
blasthammer1 Vor Tag
i will build what ever car i please and drive it as i please especially if its not being sold or made in large numbers
fredorpaul Vor Tag
Naw Eleanor llc are a bunch of litigious asshole taking advantage of shit laws. Plenty of copyrights holders have defended their copyrights with out seizing goods, and there are plenty of cases on record of companies reaching out to makers with a lawyer and saying, "we see what you are doing, and are extending a limited license to you.", and that holding up as defending their copyright. Frankley I would be amazed if the Eleanor situation held up in court, they might be able to shut down the video series, but they definitely would not be able to keep the car.
j0hnn13K Vor Tag
Makes you wonder about other cars and franchises that could've been like that and say "hey, you cannot replicate the General Lee, KITT, ECTO-1, Christine, The Blues Mobile and also no Mystery Machine" I'm glad those are not as petty and demand nobody replicates a iconic movie/tv car they created because eventho those might be replicas, it's always a good day when you see one "out in the wild" Either way, ridiculous lawsuit and actions, they could've demanded that they did not use the Eleanor name, but instead they take everything away.. thats just bad business.
Jack Benton
Jack Benton Vor Tag
Where are you getting your info from because quite frankly, a lot of what is said here sounds like total BS. In this video you claim that "any Mustang named Eleanor is owned by Eleanor Licensing LLC" but I HIGHLY DOUBT that is the case. The Mustangs that are owned by them are SPECIFICALLY replicas from the crap Nic Cage Gone In 60 Seconds remake. And judging by the body kit that is on the Mustang project car in this video...AND the fact that the builder specifically called it "Eleanor"...they were not just building "any old Mustang" and naming it "Eleanor"...they were specifically building a Gone In 60 Seconds replica. Just to be clear, I'm not saying that anything about this is okay. Denice Halicki is DISGUSTING. After Toby Halicki died, she got engaged to, and was BANGING, her own cousin. You might've heard of him...his name was "Robert Kardashian". They never actually married, but they were engaged for several years in the early 1990s. Denice is the literal embodiment of the term "Gold-Digger". She controls Gone In 60 Seconds Mustang replicas with an iron fist because she wants to make sure she profits from any replicas that are built. That is why those corny 1967 GT500 Mustang replicas with ugly body kits can't be built by anybody other than the company she has a deal with to build "official" Eleanor Mustangs. How can she sell "Eleanor" Mustangs for $250,000+ a piece if you can build your own at home? THAT is why she acts like she does, and as I've already said, it's absolutely disgusting. No other movie car in the history of cinema has EVER had these kinds of restrictions placed on it. There must be 50,000 "General Lee" replicas out there (unfortunately...things are so effing corny) and NEVER ONCE has somebody been sued for owning/building one. Denice Halicki has gone so far off the deep end that now she's having her lawyers steal project cars from fans of HER HUSBAND'S WORK before the cars are even completed! I can absolutely GUARANTEE YOU that Toby Halicki would NEVER sue somebody for building a replica of his original Eleanor Mustang (you don't even have to "build one" since it was just a stock 1973 Mustang fastback...again, technically a 1972 with a '73 front end on it). He'd be flattered that you were such a fan of his legendary movie that you went out and bought/built an Eleanor of your own. So while I am not saying this with 100% certainty, I don't see how she could have the trademark to ANY Mustang named "Eleanor". It makes more sense that it is ONLY over the hero cars from the original Gone In 60 Seconds (which is one of my all-time favorite movies and is a million times better than the Nic Cage remake) and the 2000 remake. That said, I've never actually seen this thing happening with an early 1970s fastback Mustang (the original Eleanor Mustang was actually a 1972 model that had a 1973 front end on it because the 1973 model was the "newest" one at the time the movie was made...even though the 1971 and 1972 fastback Mustangs/Mach 1s were MUCH better looking than the 1973 model)...only with the one from the Nic Cage movie. I'm a GM guy but I've long considered buying a yellow 1971 or 1972 Mach 1/Boss Mustang and getting custom "Eleanor" plates for it. I can't imagine that Denice Halicki would be able to take my car from me if I named it "Eleanor", especially because I would NEVER swap the front ends for a 1973 model. What I'm saying is that I believe the trademark is held on FAR MORE SPECIFIC Mustangs than what you claim in this video. There is no way that Denice Halicki could take my car from me if I bought a blue 1969 Mach 1 Mustang and decided to call it "Eleanor".
Bergman Oswell
Bergman Oswell Vor Tag
You are mistaken about copyright law - Universal has not waived anything by not suing people for making Delorean replicas. Copyrights are different than trademarks - if you fail to defend a trademark you can lose it, but that's not true with copyrights. If Universal decided to start suing people for making Delorean replicas tomorrow, they'd win. Letting one person infringe upon a copyright is letting that person infringe. It has no effect whatsoever on whether you can take action against someone else. Also, copyright isn't 90 years. It's the life of the creator plus 70 years. So taking the current world record for the oldest human, it's theoretically possible for a copyright to last as much as 190 years!
Huey Iroquois
Huey Iroquois Vor Tag
"Steamboat Willy" wasn't the first Mickey Mouse cartoon; it was the first _color_ Mickey Mouse cartoon. The first Mickey Mouse cartoon was "Plane Crazy".
Project Bumble Jeep
Project Bumble Jeep Vor Tag
Just curious (I agree this was a bogus decision, especially them being allowed to take the car) why were you allowed to talk about this but Chris was pretty much hit with a gag order?
RickShaw Philippines
RickShaw Philippines Vor Tag
Guess it why we don't hear eleanor rigby on the radio anymore
Monkor002 Vor Tag
Name it "Ellen or?"
Douger Rohmer
Douger Rohmer Vor Tag
Something wrong in the legals. Also consider Rick Beato's often voiced concerns about video blockers. He runs a very informative musical analysis type deal channel, and he knowledgeably checks out "What makes this song great", which is my mind should be an honour for the musician involved, but he gets nailed time and again by for instance whoever owns the rights to the Beatles catalogue - and it's not the Beatles, in case you didn't know.
Rick Mcginnis
Rick Mcginnis Vor 2 Tage
The eleanore Mustang's are the ugliest Mustangs ever built. Cheap copy of a Great car. If I somehow won one? I would sell it as fast as I could so I could buy a Mustang.
Ben Vester
Ben Vester Vor 2 Tage
Why name it that anyway? Besides clickbait. Naming cars is lame. Everyone complains until they are on the other side and are attempting to protect their idea/property.
Hunter Ansorge
Hunter Ansorge Vor 2 Tage
Let's just take a moment to load up and peacefully protest the legal system
16-Bit Bernie
16-Bit Bernie Vor 2 Tage
I would not be okay with my car being taken away because of its name.
16-Bit Bernie
16-Bit Bernie Vor 2 Tage
So they named their mustang Eleanor and got it taken away that’s bullshit
Gamer Z
Gamer Z Vor 2 Tage
i was wondering what happened to that restomod
Chris Chris
Chris Chris Vor 2 Tage
That mustang's name was Dave. Did they just assume it was a woman? I see two lawsuits here.
borkoalkoholtariiisk Vor 2 Tage
If i had the money i would built a mustang gt 500 and name it EleaNORM with all the badges and it would be the norm for Eleanor's.... .My god there is too much bullshite in this world.
jaysper Vor 2 Tage
The law that allows them to own a name should be struck down. Insanity!
Carl Stevens
Carl Stevens Vor 2 Tage
they should of used their brains the Batmobile from 1989 was based on the Jet Cars that attempt the world speed records such terrible shitcunts get gigs as lawyers!
Tyler Bryant
Tyler Bryant Vor 2 Tage
So you're telling me that, because someone named their mustang build "Eleanor", they had their _physical property_ *TAKEN AWAY?* How. In. The. HELL. Is that legal? Good lord... You try to do things the right way and these kinds of bastards find a way to impose their will onto you. Some things just absolutely need a fist to solve sometimes...
Ionconjthgamer5 Vor 2 Tage
Nolan- says Eleanor Eleanor Licensing LLC- Time for another Lawsuit.
They ain't taking my husband named Eleanor.
my guitar pedal Is mad at me
my guitar pedal Is mad at me Vor 2 Tage
They should name the new car Elena out of spite
jzi4 Vor 2 Tage
Gonna post a video of my white 2002 mustang and say it's name is eleanor.
chris sojka
chris sojka Vor 2 Tage
I Said Hellenor!!!
Rock Fish
Rock Fish Vor 2 Tage
Just don't put it on Internet......
Rock Fish
Rock Fish Vor 2 Tage
The duks of hazards car was recopyed like 50,000 times
craigpests channel
craigpests channel Vor 2 Tage
Cars have names. Mine is named Kenny
Lefty16jd Vor 2 Tage
This is a very minor thing I am surprised they let them take the car! Total BS!
Hydrothunder389 Vor 3 Tage
If that was me. They would still be looking for that car..
David Smith
David Smith Vor 3 Tage
I just don't get it, most tv and movie cars do nothing for me. Most are ugly anyway.....Very few would I want ta have......
Rexcor Jungmir
Rexcor Jungmir Vor 3 Tage
I'm all for the defense of one's legal property, but this seems like another classic case of a thirsty hold over copyright. C'mon, we ALL love the car... SO LET US.
iRdMoose Vor 3 Tage
And this "Elanor" flap is exactly why I will boycott anything and anyone to do with the movies or the a-holes that own the copyright, including Omaze. If Omaze sponsors a video because they did business with an "officially licensed" "Elanor" Mustang, that video gets a downvote from me. Anyone that has anything to do with "Elanor Licensing LLC" needs to be de-platformed from anything that earns income. Bankrupt them, and maybe we can start a Kickstarter to buy the copyright and give it to B is for Build.
Jan Sergejeff
Jan Sergejeff Vor 3 Tage
The land of freedom to do anything you like.
Silver Load
Silver Load Vor 3 Tage
What a bunch of BS where you can own a name F them
Savu Andrei
Savu Andrei Vor 3 Tage
The guy probably has money enough for another one but it still sucks they took the car
Dago Fernández
Dago Fernández Vor 3 Tage
Hope they don’t sue the Beatles for “Eleanor rigby”
KEN HELLE Vor 3 Tage
O Flores
O Flores Vor 3 Tage
Fuck the company with the copy rights they should burn in hell its a mans right to be enthusiast.
Mark Doug
Mark Doug Vor 3 Tage
add an r done
Kexaneen Vor 3 Tage
bouta name my kid eleanor and wait for them to claim copyright infringement and kidnap em
Bryce Robinson
Bryce Robinson Vor 3 Tage
Hey bud, it’s Temecula Ca, not Tamecula. 😉
Franky I never forget
Franky I never forget Vor 3 Tage
I’m going to build a “ Elena “
Louis Costa
Louis Costa Vor 3 Tage
Build another one, and call it "betty, the better bitch."
Louis Costa
Louis Costa Vor 3 Tage
They took the car!? Noo way
Timothy Couvillion
Timothy Couvillion Vor 3 Tage
I never really liked Gone in 60 seconds. I especially don't now. But I was so excited to see that car get built.
Todd Aulner
Todd Aulner Vor 4 Tage
Why I named my 96 Buick Roadmaster after someone that doesn't exist. Haha Banksy.
Maksims K.
Maksims K. Vor 4 Tage
Atleast Dukes of Hazzard didn't go balls in with Dodge/Chrysler to copyright and take every 68/69 Charger
David Bern
David Bern Vor 4 Tage
I hated the build... hatchet job... but the idea is some legal BS shutting down their project angers the eff out of me. Every Mustang owner in the country should change their cars name to Elenor and file a class action suit against the LLC. It’s a name... they don’t own it... the law needs to change...
Reddsoldier Vor 4 Tage
"This mustang body swap is youtube's most exciting project car" **Sad Project Binky Noises**
manfred schmalbach
manfred schmalbach Vor 3 Tage
Never mind. Chris isn't an exiting builder, he's just a bloody DEshow hack from the hicks, and that Mustang project is as boring as the remake with Cage was ..... You don't even have to bodge like Bisforbuild does, it would be boring af even built in somewhat of serious quality ....
Curtis Shores
Curtis Shores Vor 4 Tage
Awww the good ol days when cars was shifting gears while in reverse. That must've been the copyright.
NormanGnome11 Vor 4 Tage
What a load of self serving bollocks .... :/
Craig Gagnon
Craig Gagnon Vor 4 Tage
Damn dude, their gonna seize your video, HTF do you copywrite a name?
Mongo and Mango
Mongo and Mango Vor 4 Tage
This people just hate the car community, Fuck your copy right. I don't care if you sue me, can't stop me from doing something I want.
Aremin Foxxtrot
Aremin Foxxtrot Vor 4 Tage
Ahh yes, the power to steal someone's car legally...
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