a Greg Dewar Production : njudahchronicles.com – excerpt
A few months ago, I got a notice from Zazzle saying that an anonymous “copyright holder” was ticked off and my designs for The N is Near, the “Muni Failwhale” and (oddly enough) the “80th Anniversary” were taken offline…
Here’s the response to my appeal. I’ve added bold text for emphasis:
09/10/2012 02:40 PM Hello Greg,
Thank you for being a Seller at Zazzle.com!
We would love to offer every design that our users submit, however we must abide by all applicable laws and standards as well as our own content guidelines and copyright policies.
Unfortunately, it appears that your products did not meet Zazzle Acceptable Content Guidelines. Specifically, your products infringes upon the intellectual property rights of San Francisco Muni. This includes images of buses, logos, maps, signs, etc.
Zazzle has been contacted by representatives from San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and at their request, to remove designs that may infringe upon their rights from the Zazzle Marketplace…
**Crowdsourcing didn’t work so great for Muni and the SFMTA recently, when they conducted a poorly executed operation to “crowdsource” a new (needless) logo for the SFMTA. Look how well that turned out.
Another blogger wrote about this situation yesterday before I did. Check out what he uncovered! (more)
Nothing about the SFMTA surprises me.