Recently, Bonnie and Judy have been blogging about copyrights and how it feels to have their free designs stolen and repackaged for commercial use.
When I was in Houston, I couldn't help but take a few photos of the infamous carpet at the Hilton, subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit by quilter Paula Nadelstern. The carpet designs were taken without permission from her book, Kaleidescopes & Quilts.
The Kaleidescopes appeared in the carpet on the main floors, artfully wrapped around the escalators, in between the elevators and on the walkway to the convention center.
This carpet and the lawsuit it prompted is an interesting copyright story with a happy ending–the lawsuit was settled on October 5, 2006 in Paula's favor. Couristan, who produced the carpet, features it on their site and credits Paula's kaleidescopes as the design inspiration.