Re: Are drawings of products trademark infringements?
This bit concerns what CafePress will and will not accept:
Examples of Prohibited Content
Because of intellectual property laws, CafePress.com has certain rules
regarding the types of merchandise that you can make and sell through
its service. For example:
* NO UNOFFICIAL MERCHANDISE
* NO use of names, logos, pictures or other intellectual property of
musical groups or musical artists. For example, you cannot make Britney
Spears merchandise simply because you run a fan-based Britney Spears
website or just because you downloaded her image from an internet
website. You also cannot modify the name or other intellectual property
of a musical group and avoid infringement, (e.g., using Metalika instead
* NO use of names, logos, pictures, or other intellectual property
of sports teams, colleges/universities, clubs, or organizations such as
the Los Angeles Lakers, Harvard University, or The Boy Scouts. Again,
modifications do not avoid infringement.
* NO photos, logos, caricatures, or other artwork depicting
celebrities, such as Michael Jackson or Madonna, or other third parties.
Just because you take a photograph of a celebrity does not give you the
right to use that photograph on merchandise, even if you digitally
manipulate the photograph.
* NO use of trademarks, names, or logos of companies. For example,
you cannot use the name of a company such as NikeÂ®, a company logo such
as the Nike "swoosh" trademark, or brand name such as Coca ColaÂ®, or a
modified version of a trademark, (e.g., "Just Did It").
* NO pictures or photographs of products (such as automobiles or
toys). Even if you own a product, trademark laws still prohibit you from
selling merchandise featuring pictures of it. For example, you cannot
take a picture of your car and then sell t-shirts or mugs with that