A pop-up coffee shop labeled “Dumb Starbucks” opened in Los Angeles recently. This satirical coffee shop gained lots of media attention, because it had the appearance and feel of the actual Starbucks. However, this Starbucks labeled all of their drinks “dumb”, like a “Dumb Frappuccino”.
It turns out that this coffee shop was created for publicity by Comedy Central. Before the Starbucks Corporation knew of the connection to Comedy Central, Starbucks made statements about its protected trademark, stating “Dumb Starbucks” could not legally use the Starbucks name. “Dumb Starbucks” responded with defending their use of the name by claiming it was a parody.
“Dumb Starbucks” posted a Youtube video claiming their legitimacy.
This coffee shop never sold its coffee or other items. In the couple of days it was functioning, all the items were offered for free.
In the end, the LA County Health department, not intellectual property law, caused the “Dumb Starbucks” shop to close due to operating without a license.
Since the “Dumb Starbucks” is now no longer operating, it is doubtful that Starbucks will pursue legal action. However, the potential exists, since Comedy Central’s Nathan Fielder claims he wants to open another “Dumb Starbucks” in Brooklyn, NY.
Intellectual Property is one of the most popular upper level courses here at CSL. Our subscription to West Study Aids can definitely provide you access to a wide variety of study aids for various IP areas:
LaFrance’s Copyright Law in a Nutshell
McManis’ Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition in a Nutshell
Miller and Davis’ Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright in a Nutshell
LaFrance’s Copyright Law in a Nutshell
Adelman, Rader, and Klancnik’s Patent Law in a Nutshell
Black Letter Outline:
Schechter’s Black Letter Outline on Intellectual Property
You can access West Study Aids by going to http://lawschool.westlaw.com and logging in to your Westlaw account. Under “Legal Research and Tools” select “Study”. From there you can search by keyword, subject, material type or series and you can browse all subject areas with one click. You can also check out newly added study aids and create your own Favorites list.
When you think of legal symbols, you might initially think of the scales of justice or a gavel, but the symbols I’m going to tell you about have more to do with legal writing. In the legal profession there are several symbols that would be very helpful for you be able to use effectively.
§ – The section symbol is used when referring to a certain specific area of a document or legal code (i.e. §137). To use the plural “sections,” just duplicate the section symbol (i.e. §§). This is how you create a section symbol:
® – The registered symbol basically notates the legal registration and protection of a unique product line, brand, or company (i.e. NIKE®). It is used in place of the trademark symbol or in combination with the trademark symbol. It can only be used after the government grants a Federal registration certificate. This is how you create a registered symbol:
Alt + 0174 = ®
™ – The Trademark symbol also is used to protect a unique product line, brand, or company in place or in conjunction with a registration symbol. This symbol can be used without any special permission from the government. Trademarks put competitors on notice as to what they consider their intellectual property (i.e. Whopper™). This is how you create a trademark symbol:
Alt + 0153 = ™
I hope these tips enable you to use these symbols more quickly & effectively.
Time to shine the spotlight on yet another of the many legal periodicals Charlotte Law has to offer!
Are you interested in entertainment? Sports? The arts? Intellectual property laws?
The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer provides readers with current, practical information as well as public policy and scholarly viewpoints in relation to all of these topics. Entertainment and Sports Lawyer is published quarterly by the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries of the American Bar Association. Our print collection for this title goes all the way back to the very first volume, and full-text electronic access is available through HeinOnline and ProQuest.
Here are some articles of special interest from the current issue:
The New and Complex World of Television Music Licensing
Profile: Evolution of a Company and a Legal Career: AEG and Ted Fikre’s Growth
Survival Tactics in Contracting Times
Update to the Commercial Value of Rights of Publicity: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words . . . or Sometimes a Million Dollars
Phoenix Coyotes Bankruptcy Can Still Be a Model for Troubled Sports Franchises
The Crisis of Doping in Equestrian Sport
Alcohol-Endorsing Athletes Can Join Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man on the Bench
Navigating the Tangled Web of Webcasting Royalties
Link to our catalog record at http://126.96.36.199/record=b410740 to see detailed holdings information and to access back issues online. Keep an eye on our popular journals area, where the most current issue of Entertainment and Sports Lawyer is always on display. And as always, happy reading!!!
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By Tiffney Love In August 2013, I had the honor of attending the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. As soon as I arrived at the March, organizers eagerly handed me a bright yellow sign with large blue text. The sign simply read, ‘Protect Voting Rights.’ The anniversary of the March came right on […]
By: Thom Prince As with any challenge, there will be several defining moments during your career as a student, attorney, or other professional. It is my sincere hope that your moment involves acing an exam, excelling in court, or an exceptional contribution to the community, rather than something less dignifying such as getting stuck in […]
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 – Today we visited the Kumasi Children’s Home, which is a local orphanage here in Kumasi. This was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to emotionally endure. The conditions of the place were unlike any orphanage then I had ever seen, then again the conditions of Ghana in general are […]
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