Cosplayer Cops Legal Threat From...Carpet Company

Even though there's a growing business around the wares they create and parade, cosplayers rarely run into legal problems from the people who own the copyrights to the characters they're dressed up as. Which only makes this legal problem all the more absurd.

Seeing as cosplay is in essence a form of homage, and in many ways can be free promotion for a game/movie/comic/TV show, the people who make games/movies/comics/TV shows usually embrace the art. Something carpet companies could learn a thing or two about.

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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.

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The whole "copyright" thing has been taken to far.

For example, if i owned a record label, and i made a really good song and started selling it, and someone used that song for a Youtube tutorial for example, i wouldn't take the video down or sue them, i would be happy, because that means the song is popular and good, and also because it will give more attention to my record label, the song and the artist, meaning more sales.