In recent months, 3D model repositories such as TurboSquid have been served with DMCA takedown requests for 3D models of a variety of commercial and military vehicles based on trademark infringement for the vehicle names. This came to a head near the end of March when Lockheed Martin issued a takedown order for models of a B-24 bomber modeled by John MacNeill. TurboSquid complied, but now the Electronic Freedom Foundation has stepped up in MacNeill's defense, issuing an open letter to Lockheed's licensing agency in an effort to get his models back up.
From the EFF blog:
MacNeill's images are protected by the nominative fair use doctrine. Nominative fair use means, in a nutshell, that it is OK to use a mark to accurately identify a product if using the trademark is necessary to identify the products, services, or company you're talking about, and you don't use the mark to suggest the company endorses you.
Basically they are asserting that using the term "B-24" to identify his models is covered by fair use. However, since TurboSquid probably does not want expose itself to any legal entanglements related to the DMCA, the models were removed without question.
I know there are a number of Blender modelers who focus on commercial and military vehicles. What do you think about this situation? Do you use TurboSquid or sites like it to host your models? How do you plan on naming your models in light of this situation?