Originally Posted by complinitor
The great people at Cafepress have decided that we can't use any pictures or facsimilies of pictures of our cars. Our glorious logo is under that mess. The explaination is all legalled-up, so I won't bore you with the details. Needless to say, I am trying to find an altenative now.
Sorry to hear that although it doesn't surprise me. I recently went through a similar fiasco with an illustration I created and tried to sell as a poster through Zazzle, a site similar to Cafepress. Although in my particuar situation I believe I found a legal middle ground that will allow me to sell my images:
What you CANNOT do:
The official Pontiac and Bonneville logos are trademarks of Pontiac and cannot be used.
When used together, the words "Pontiac Bonneville" refer to a specific product and cannot be used. When you associate an image with a specific product or brand it cannot be used.
What you CAN do:
Simply refer to the club as the "Bonneville club forums" but do not show a car. Don't use the official Bonneville typeface as it refers to the actual product.
Use an image of a Bonneville, providing you do not advertise the fact that it is a Bonneville. Any logos, badges, must be stripped off the car. Also nowhere in the description of the product that bears the image can you refer to what it is. You can simply say "this is a cool car poster" but you cannot say "this is a drawing of a Bonneville." This might be tricky because if you're selling it through the club, you'll almost have to associate the image with the word "Bonneville" which is a no-no.
I'm no legal expert but it'* been my experience that the above IS legal.
Maybe a solution to this dilemma would be to have a contest? I've noticed that there are quite a few design experts on these forums who have customized signature images so there wouldn't be a lack of ideas or creativity. Establish the rules and legalities of the contest, and the members could come up with a new logo for the club. If you'd be interested in something like this, send me a message and I'd be willing to help. I've run a few similar contests for other forums in the past and I'd be willing to dedicate some time in putting something together if there'* any interest.