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    Default Cosplayer Cops Legal Threat From Carpet Company

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    "At this year's DragonCon, props builder (and cosplayer) Harrison Krix made one of the standout outfits, designing a camouflage pattern that matched the carpet of the Marriott Marquis Atlanta, the hotel the convention was being held at. It was amazing, but carpet designers Couristan Inc. aren't happy.

    Seems Krix was selling some of the fabric he made for the costumes on textile site Spoonflower, so that others could make their own for next year's show. He's since had to pull the design, having received a Cease and Desist from Couristan.

    Someone really needs to start running law classes on "perspective". Or, at the very least, remind people of the difference between the spirit of the law and the letter."





    I'm mostly surprised the author of the article and the people in the comments section cannot seem to grasp how legally incorrect this action was. What do you think? Power of law gone too far, or was the concept of intellectual property upheld correctly?

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    The design of the carpet has a copyright, the guy sold that design without copyrights for the design, therefore braking the copyrights..
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    I think a lot of people nowadays don't understand the issue of copyright, especially where music and digital media is concerned. It's not surprising they don't grasp the intricacies of carpet pattern design.
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    I do think copyright has been blurred but I dont believe that this was really a commercial move on the part of the designer, he could plead ignorance but ignorance of the law is no defence, I honestly dont believe there was any thought to deliberately engage in theft though.

    To a great extent this feels like a real shame because this was pretty creative, funny and interesting, which is more than can be said most of the time of anything really. The capitalists in the eighties tried to suggest it would be the government responsible for such a trend and the government which would be perpetually standing in the way with "you cant do that" but it turns out to be pretty different doesnt it?

    It probably would have been a smarter move for the company to go into talks with the guy and say we see what you're doing there, this is as good as free PR, together we could collaborate and cash in together. I mean its a carpet design! I'm sure if it took off as a meme, costume design, possibly more they could make more money but perhaps they'll try that anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    It probably would have been a smarter move for the company to go into talks with the guy and say we see what you're doing there, this is as good as free PR, together we could collaborate and cash in together. I mean its a carpet design! I'm sure if it took off as a meme, costume design, possibly more they could make more money but perhaps they'll try that anyway.
    I agree with that. It could have been pitched as an opportunity for both (although it probably would still help the costume guy more than the carpet guys -- most individual buyers aren't shopping for commercial-size shipments of carpet). But still, they could have gotten their NAME out in the mainstream. And I don't think the costume guys will make that much on it, honestly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superunknown View Post
    I'm mostly surprised the author of the article and the people in the comments section cannot seem to grasp how legally incorrect this action was. What do you think? Power of law gone too far, or was the concept of intellectual property upheld correctly?
    It seems the author of the article agrees with you actually; I read it, he basically says the enforcement of law in this case was too much to the letter.

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