Check out the WTF outfit that got this DragonCon cosplayer sued

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Sep 23, 2013

Just because you can dress up like any comic character at conventions, doesn't mean there aren't, apparently, limits. 

If you're a hardened comic con veteran, you may think you have seen it all, whether the costume be of the extremely obscure variety, the wildly intricate, or the most meta of mashups. But one costume was so new, so daring, that it got the people who made those costumes threatened with legal action.

Was it too risque? Did the costume reveal something from a forthcoming major film? Were these outfits responsible for the death of someone's parents?

Nope! They were rugs.

Yes, you read that correctly. A few cosplayers looked at the puke-invoking design of the Marriott carpet where DragonCon takes place and decided they'd be one with it. And, to their credit, the idea of con camo works surprisingly well. See for yourself.


Unfortunately, Volpin Props (who were responsible for the costumes), wound up running afoul of Courtisan, the company who holds the copyright for, you guessed it, the design of the carpet. Courtisan sent a Cease & Desist letter to Volpin demanding they stop crafting the costumes for purchase.

While one of the costume designers at Volpin was orignally very flip, saying that "absurdity is palpable," they have, since, rescinded with the following:

Courtisan, the copyright holder for the design of the pattern, is fully within their rights to issue a C&D and I absolutely support that action. I wouldn't want anyone recasting my props and they should take similar actions to protect their designs. 

Pattern design can be a funky gray area for copyright, but, in this case, it seems unlikely that anyone was out a lot of money. What do you think, though? Should Volpin be allowed to sell their camo costume, or is Courtisan's design distinct enough that it merits that C&D?

(via The Daily Dot)

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