Cafe Press Pulls My Product

Hire Me! Thank the Academy.

So, I updated some of the artwork on my Closet Thespians line, and then the next day got an email from Cafe Press:

“We recently learned that your CafePress.com account contains material which may not be in compliance with our policies. Specifically, designing, manufacturing, marketing and/or selling products that may infringe the rights of a third party, including, copyrights (e.g., an image of a television cartoon character), trademarks (e.g., the logo of a company), “rights in gross” (e.g., the exclusive right of the U.S. Olympic Committee to use the “Olympic Rings”), and rights of privacy and publicity (e.g., a photo of a celebrity) are prohibited.”

“Accordingly, we have set the content that we believe to be questionable to “pending status” which disables said content from being displayed in your shop or purchased by the public.”

I’d waited until I could take the photo of the statue myself so I didn’t violate any copyright holders. Well, I guess it’s time to investigate other companies with similar offerings to Cafe Press or maybe (god forbid!) I’ll have to get some printed up myself and distribute them in person.

My girlfriend Emmy

Emmy

So here I am holding an Emmy for Graphic Design. Apparently it was only given for a couple of years. It felt nice. I’d like to have you think I won it, but that isn’t the case…yet. “I’d like to thank Kevin and Matt McCarthy, my mother and father for their support and encouragement, and of course, Apple Computer… who still haven’t figured out how to include a substantial DVD burner in their computers that will last for more than a couple of months but make a fun computer none-the-less.”

Closet Thespians™ Cafe Press Shop Opens

So I finally got my Closet Thespians™ shop up and running. This is one of those things where I’ve had these ideas for some funny theater-centered products for ages, but haven’t “realized” them. With my new camera, I was able to get the images I wanted of the Oscar Statue, rather than snag somebody else’s photo for my product. So there are three lines of products in the store so far, with more to come:

“Closet Thespian™” tee shirts

Line Please?” hats and tee shirts

Hire Me! Thank The Academy. ” tee shirts

Don’t you think it’s about time to add to your wardrobe? Climb up on stage and out of your closet.