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August 3th, 2007. Some time ago I made available on my web site some pages from the Honda Motorcycle parts catalogue (EPC). Today I received an email from an italian lowyer on behalf of Honda Motor Japan, asking me to remove the pages from the internet within 10 days.
It is flattering to be contacted by you - on behalf of Honda Motor Japan - about the presence on my web site of some excerpts from the "HONDA Motorcycle Electronic Parts Catalogue". As you can expect, I'm a bit disappointed by the request to remove those pages from the internet (http://paros.rigacci.org/epc/). I've been an Honda customer for over 16 years, now I own an NTV650 Revere and an SH150, my wife owns an SH150 too. I'm expecially proud of my motorbike, which I drove for 16 years across 170,000 km (106,000 miles). I always provided maintenance by myself, in this page I share some exciting experiences: http://www.rigacci.org/wiki/doku.php/tecnica/motori/honda_ntv650 One of the main reasons of my satisfaction is the availability of the shop manuals and original spare parts, beside the excellent support provided by the authorized dealers. In my free time I set-up the web pages we are talking about. As you can verify, they are part of the Honda EPC catalog. Unfortunately they are old data (2004), because I was unable to obtain a more recent version. Browsing those pages is for me extremely useful, beacuse I can purchase the spare parts that I need from the Honda dealer, giving him no hassle and with extreme effectiveness. I made those pages available on the web because I was thinking that they can be useful to Honda customers and to Honda Motor too, as an advertising mean. I cannot imagine how this fact can damage Honda Motor. It is worth noting that the same information are available for free in several ways: - from the official Honda dealers, when you ask for a quotation on spare parts, - from some internet sites, where you can also purchase spare parts on-line, - from several internet sites, availables for free under the name of "microfiches" pdf files. However I perfectly understand that Honda Motor Japan is the copyright holder of that material, this is why I never publicized those pages. I would like to ask Honda Motor if it is possible to obtain a more recent version of the EPC catalog and if there is a way to mantain the availability of the web pages. This is for me a pure hobby activity, till now the server never generated a noticeable amount of traffic. I hope to obtain an answer within 10 days, when I was asked to remove the pages from the web. Sincerelly Niccolo Rigacci Firenze - Italy