Friday, January 30, 2009, 6:57 AM

Renaissance Takes Vendor On Not-So-Magic Carpet Ride

Renaissance Carpet & Tapestries, Inc., a New York based design, manufacturer, importer, and seller of carpets, filed an action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) on January 26, 2009 alleging that defendants Classic Furniture and Germans Bolotnikovs infringe Renaissance's copyright rights. Classic Furniture is allegedly a sole proprietorship in Brooklyn run by Germans Bolotnikovs, an individual. Renaissance alleges infringement of four registered copyrights that cover its Savonnerie Carpets. In addition to the copyright claim, Renaissance alleges unfair competition and false designation of origin, and false copyright management information; the latter based on defendants' alleged use of a copyright notice on the offending carpets.

An image of a Savonnerie rug is not available - alas, it's copyright protected on Renaissance's website.

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