New to the forum and this is my first post and thanks in advance.
Lately, I've been refining my technique to capture high-value, digital photographs of trucks (18 wheelers) operating on roads and interstates in scenic areas and in front of key landmarks with ideal lighting angles and at ideal morning/afternoon times. This is speculative photography and my intent is to track down the vehicle owner and/or driver to sell prints or digital downloads by directing them to my website by means of mail, email and/or phone contacts. These images would be available for purchase (and visible with watermark) on my website by anyone who might find their way to the website.
NOTE These images will often have a carrier's logo/name readily visible on the trailer. Furthermore, some trailers may have another image/logo such as "Budweiser" on it (see below) but this is not a regular occurrence. The driver of the vehicle is always INdistinguishable. What makes the image valuable to the driver is being able to clearly see the carrier's name on the trailer, as well as the truck number in the image. A small handful of these images would be used for "marketing" of my service in displaying them (and the quality of my work) on my website for public viewing, while the bulk of the images would require a USDOT number and Truck Number search to find potential matches to view/purchase.
I am curious if some here might be able to shed some light on potential legal ramifications I may have directed towards me regarding images displayed on my website for public and private viewing such as privacy issues? Illegal "use" of trademark or logo? Illegal use of architectural landmark for profit? (Dallas Reunion Tower for instance). I am talking about the addition of several hundreds of photos every week where no contact (for waivers or permission) can be made "in the field" and this is purely speculative work.
To clarify, these are simply high-res photos of the typical trucks you see every day moving down any highway across America. Another scenario ... "JB Distributing" on the tractor, and a "Budweiser" logo on the trailer ... what are the considerations there? I would not be using the Budweiser logo to promote my business. However the Budweiser logo would be an incidental aspect of photographing a truck that belonged to JD Distributing.