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No Thongs For The Mammaries, Artist Says

PHILADELPHIA (CN) - Don Troiani, who says his paintings of military scenes from the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars sell for $85,000 apiece, claims violated copyright and damaged his reputation by copying his images onto G-strings, women's thong underwear, T-shirts and other items.

Troiani, of Southbury, Ct., claims the Foster City, Calif.-based defendant knowingly violated copyright on at least eight of his paintings, including "The Minuteman," "Bunker Hill," "Sons of the South," "The Boy Colonel," and "The High Water Mark."

He claims the defendants, including Paul Streitz of Darien, Ct.; Donna Cline of Anniston, Ala.; and Marion T. Butl of Savannah, Ga., sell thongs and G-strings with his art for $10.99 to $26.99 apiece through their Internet storefront, and don't give him dime one.

He is represented in Federal Court by Bochetto & Lentz.

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