GCBE Merchandise Gone

I just got email from a representative of Cafe Press informing me that my Gunter Certified Beverage Engineer graphics have been removed:

We cannot accept some and/or all of the images in your CafePress.com account
due to the following reason: Your image(s) may be Copyright/Trademark protected
and require a license prior to the use for merchandise sales.

I’m no expert on how the parody exemptions work on for-profit stuff, so I’m not going to try to argue with them over it. But I’m sure that they are going to lose a lot of their shops if they are tightening up on this type of thing. A lot of the merchandise in their shops was based on parodies of famous marks.

So, to the guy in Wisconsin who ordered a mug and a sweatshirt early last year: congrats! They’re one-of-a-kind collectors items now!

sigh… I guess one day I’ll try to whip out some new graphics and recreate some merchandise. Not that anybody seemed to care. Except for that one guy in Wisconsin.

3 thoughts on “GCBE Merchandise Gone

  1. Damn me and my lack of a round tuit. I rather liked that stuff, and I’d meant to buy something. Maybe a mousepad.

    As for the removal… I’m almost certain that, in a legal sense, it’s tripe. In a practical sense, copyright and trademark disputes have an irritating habit of favoring the larger primate.

  2. “In a practical sense, copyright and trademark disputes have an irritating habit of favoring the larger primate.”

    Too true. I can’t really blame the cafepress people for playing it safe. It’s a lot cheaper to be safe than to be right.

    Maybe I can try to sneak a “Gunter Institute of Technology” logo past them ;)

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