I've been thinking of doing a car coloring book. I've seen several car coloring books on Amazon, including some by an author named Bruce Fontaine. Do these authors just make these books without consulting these car companies? I don't see the car logos like Ford or Chevy featured prominently, but they mention the names of the car companies involved.
Could I just start working on a Ferrari and Lamborghini coloring book, upload it, then sell it as long as the book features my original drawings and doesn't feature the logos of either company at all? As in, it's just the cars? No logos anywhere? If not, does anyone have an idea of how to contact these car companies for licensing rights? I just want to avoid any DMCA notices or design patent infringement lawsuits. Thanks for any replies! I'm thinking of using legalzoom, folks...
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Unfortunately, the adult colouring book craze is pretty much over. I don't want to discourage you from your project, but do it for yourself and unless you already have created demand for the book, don't expect huge sales.
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Could I just start working on a Ferrari and Lamborghini coloring book, upload it, then sell it as long as the book features my original drawings and doesn't feature the logos of either company at all?
Yes. I'm not an attorney, but I don't see a problem with that.
I would suggest adding a non-affiliation/non-endorsement disclaimer to the copyright page (indicating that the publisher is not affiliated with nor endorsed by any of the companies who products appear). You can find examples with the proper legal verbiage using a web search.