I've left this one hanging for long enough in the hope something would emerge, but it's finally time to close it up and move on.
Basically, having been in touch with the legal firm that was issuing the dodgy DMCA notices on Honda and Acura images, and being assured that this was being discussed with Honda themselves to clear everything up and resolve the issues, everything has gone completely silent on the matter for the last month of two. This leaves me with a couple of options. I could keep chasing the law firm involved for a response, although being the 'little guy' in such a situation means that they could continue to fob me off or ignore me without much fear of any major reprisal or negative PR. While part of me really wants to fight for justice on this issue, though, there is the question of why I would continue to effectively try to fight for my right to give publicity and promotion to a company that is treating its 'fans' in this sort of way.
So, after a lot of thought on the matter, I've decided not to keep pursuing this issue. However, I cannot in good faith continue to try and support a company that behaves in this matter. Therefore, unless I do end up hearing something back from the law firm or Honda themselves, I'm going to refrain from posting any Honda or Acura pictures here. It will cause them little concern, if they even notice at all, but it's a moral standpoint for me. Pictures that are up will stay up, mostly so I don't put holes in other deviants' favourites, but there will be no more.
I should make absolutely clear, I don't believe I infringe any copyright or trademark when sharing images from public locations and shows, and all the photography I share here involving any brands or copyrightable material is strictly non-commercial - i.e. no print options available. Dropping this issue shouldn't be seen as an admission of guilt, more a sad realisation that, in this world of multinational corporations, one person crying foul is little more than a buzzing fly around the head of major industry and is just as easily ignored or dealt with.
Still, we can always have more fun on dA! Welcome to the new RandomLurker on DeviantArt, now with 100% less Honda and 100% more everything else than ever before!
Take care everyone,