Originally posted 2013-09-24 16:02:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Over the weekend, all the nerdiest news outlets reported that Volpin Propsâ€”a company that makes props and replicas “mostly videogame related,” according to the outfit’s Facebook page, “but anything goes!”)â€”received a cease-and-desist letter from Couristan, Inc., a rug and carpeting concern… for possibly the nerdiest/coolest reason imaginable (under the circumstances): Volpin had made for two attendees of the recent DragonConâ€”held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, a hotel with a wide variety of some very, very busy carpetingâ€”custom camouflage outfits in the same pattern as one of the busier carpets at the venue. See a terrific photo here (reproduced below).
This probably would have been fine. That is, making custom carpet-camouflage costumes for a couple of conventioneers likely would not have gotten Volpin on Couristan’s radar. Or maybe it would have garnered Volpin praise from the carpeter. But Volpin didn’t just make the costumes; it reportedly put the fabric up for sale at Spoonflower.com, a site that sells fabrics, wallpapers, decals, gift wrap, etc. And that got Couristan’s attentionâ€”and Volpin got a C&D letter.
Because of course. And I mean that: Assuming that Couristan holds the copyright to the carpet patternâ€”and, man, what a pattern it is!â€”then Volpin can’t sell a fabric with that same pattern, else it infringe on Couristan’s intellectual property rights. And, to Volpin’s credit, the company’s principalâ€”Harrison Krix, himself of Atlantaâ€”has asked (on Facebook, where much of the public commentary has been posted) that people “not send Courtisan [sic] Inc or Marriott any nasty messages concerning this. I’m in complete agreement with their decision.”
(If you have three or four hours free, you might read the nearly 500 comments on Volpin’s Facebook posts about carpet-flage-gate. Then check out photos of all the carpeting at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.)