No More Upper Deck Mock-Ups
Upper Deck does not like me making mock-ups of their products and has threatened litigation from their “agents” if I continue making Andrew-Luck-Related cards like the ones below.
Watch the video at the bottom of this article for a candid explanation of the situation. Rather than jumping through the hoops and begging for permission to run my blog, I’ve begrudgingly decided to stop making any more original designs or mock-ups related to the Upper Deck brand. I apologize to those of you who enjoy my work, but this is a hobby for me and hobbies are supposed to be fun. Getting harassed by a company that I’m trying to promote isn’t entirely enjoyable.
FOUR THINGS TO NOTE REGARDING THE FOLLOWING VIDEO:
1) Very sorry for the HORRIBLE video quality below. Regular camera wasn’t working so I tried a new one…lighting turned out terrible and the stupid thing kept going in and out of focus. Painful to watch. Again, very sorry.
2) When I say the 1st Amendment allows me to do “whatever the hell I want,” it is in reference to creating my own designs that do not incorporate anyone’s trademarks. Upper Deck suggested that if I make any collegiate mock-ups the CLC could sue me. That might be true if I decided to print and SELL those designs, but simply making random card designs in Photoshop isn’t going to get anyone in trouble with the CLC. That is ridiculous. I understand UD may not want me making realistic-looking cards with THEIR logo and trademarks, though, so I will honor that wish.
3) Just so you’re aware, I have made mock-ups and original designs of Panini and Topps cards as well. You know what I get from them? Complimentary e-mails and words of appreciation. I guess they must have crappier legal teams than Upper Deck. UD told me that my designs “confuse collectors” and “hurt their business potential.“