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 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.

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