Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Glass Art Litigation

In a series on famed glass artist Dale Chihuly, today's installment discusses his copyright-infringement case against another glass artist. The Seattle Times: Chihuly Inc.: Chihuly turns up the heat on competing glass artists.

The copyright suit, filed in October in U.S. District Court, accuses glassblower Rubino, a longtime collaborator of Chihuly's, and businessman/artist Kaindl of collaborating in a scheme to make and sell knockoffs of Chihuly's work. Both have denied the allegations, and have filed counterclaims alleging that Chihuly is seeking to claim ownership of basic forms, shapes and colors that are fundamental to glassblowing.
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