Friday, January 8, 2010
Mexico Wants Starbucks to Pay for Use of Images
This belongs in a Friday Night Miscellany column, but I haven't done one of those in a while. Darlings, don't even ask me how I ended up at Perezhilton.com. LOL! The original article was published at yahoo.finance. What's next - stopping tourists at the borders and in customs, checking their digital pics and charging them for photographs of national landmarks? Should the USA charge foreigners and foreign countries for using our currency - after all, our money bears the images of U.S. presidents and our national symbol, the One-Eyed Pyramid :) Starbucks vs. Mexico Filed under: Legal Matters > Business Blitz Read More: Perez Hilton: Starbucks vs. Mexico http://perezhilton.com/2010-01-08-starbucks-vs-mexico#ixzz0c54ptwXH Starbucks Corp. released a line of coffee mugs that displayed pre-Hispanic images and Mexico is pissed! The images of the Aztec calendar stone and the Pyramid of the Moon from the pre-Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan are believed to be owned by Mexico, as they have intellectual property rights. On Wednesday, Mexico's government archaeological agency stated that they would decide within a week whether Starbucks should pay any fees. Although Starbucks claims that they made several efforts to offer payment and get the necessary permits. The mugs have been taken off the shelves until this matter is resolved.