If that were the case, Fred, then K of C would have ditched the logo on Best Brands a long time ago. Why allow an obsolete logo to be available otherwise.
And what is the Best Brands web site for but to use the logos in local situations. It's there for the taking. If those companies didn't want them used they would not make them available, IMO.
I have done work for many national firms without artwork available. I will use whatever I have at my command, be it from the internet or a scan of their logo. If I had to wait for some sort of OK from all those head offices, I'd lose half my business.
I understand the use of logos, and I would never abuse them. But I work on a time schedule that most bigger businesses apparently don't have to meet, so I does what I have ta does.
If that is wrong, then most sign people I know should be lined up and shot, I guess.
I have no compunction to use one of those if I am doing a Ford sign for a Ford dealer, and the dealer has nothing to give to me. Afterall, it is for the betterment of a Ford associate.