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(Canoe)   Mexico demands that Starbucks pay them for the use of ancient Aztec images. Starbucks considers serving only decaf in Mexico until the country chills the fark out   (money.canoe.ca) divider line 148
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2010-01-08 01:31:20 AM  
Does Mexico own the intellectual property rights to these ancient Aztec images? If so, I might agree with Mexico. If not, I think their stance is too wide.

/yeah, I went there
 
2010-01-08 01:42:43 AM  
I'm pretty sure that a Mayan calendar stone is out of copyright by now. Unless I missed something, Disney hasn't managed to make it life of creator +2500 years yet.
 
2010-01-08 02:10:29 AM  
Laws in other countries differ from our own laws.

notallbits.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-01-08 02:19:18 AM  
The Mexican government works very hard to promote its image as an indigenous nation. It deliberately cultivates an image of it as ancient and distinctive, no less than any other country. A lot of its tourism is based on this image. Of course, when it comes to dealing with actual Mayans or their own other indigenous peoples, they'll shiat on them to no end. In that respect its not that different from Canada or the U.S. I suppose.

www.plateshack.com

www.classiccarmall.net

Take a look at the OK license plate. Now try to find any actual Amerindians in public places, especially anywhere with money. Welcome to how Mexico rolls too.

/Former Okie
 
2010-01-08 02:30:04 AM  
Perhaps Starbucks should start Incan a new deal?
 
2010-01-08 03:47:30 AM  
i157.photobucket.com
 
2010-01-08 04:40:33 AM  
Their stamps are interesting.

tradermike.net
 
2010-01-08 06:46:05 AM  
Yeah, not the first time. Egypt tried to copyright the pyramids and the sphinx no less. I haven't heard anything else about it, but I'm pretty sure that answer was "how about no".

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2010-01-08 06:47:04 AM  
Starbucks should say they'll think about it when the demand comes from a government official with an Aztec name as opposed to a Spanish one.
 
2010-01-08 06:47:16 AM  
FTFA:The mugs show images of the Aztec calendar stone and the Pyramid of the Moon from the pre-Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City.

And therefore Starbucks should pay the pre-Aztec people of Teotihuacan.

/the current Mexicans can fark off...
 
2010-01-08 06:52:27 AM  
In other news, people in shiatty third world countries do retarded stuff for money. Like send poorly written spam emails to con idiots.
 
2010-01-08 06:54:31 AM  
pecosdave: Yeah, not the first time. Egypt tried to copyright the pyramids and the sphinx no less. I haven't heard anything else about it, but I'm pretty sure that answer was "how about no".

Cunning plan. "All US one dollar bills are belong to us"

upload.wikimedia.org

/hot like the world's reserve currency...
 
2010-01-08 06:57:01 AM  
happiness is a warm pun: pecosdave: Yeah, not the first time. Egypt tried to copyright the pyramids and the sphinx no less. I haven't heard anything else about it, but I'm pretty sure that answer was "how about no".

Cunning plan. "All US one dollar bills are belong to us"



/hot like the world's reserve currency...


Yes, the $1 royalty each!
 
2010-01-08 06:58:46 AM  
Starbucks said Thursday it regrets any misunderstanding, and "we are willing to pay the appropriate amount for the use of these images."
 
2010-01-08 07:01:05 AM  
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Perhaps Starbucks should start Incan a new deal?

Over in five!
 
2010-01-08 07:06:35 AM  
happiness is a warm pun: pecosdave: Yeah, not the first time. Egypt tried to copyright the pyramids and the sphinx no less. I haven't heard anything else about it, but I'm pretty sure that answer was "how about no".

Cunning plan. "All US one dollar bills are belong to us"

To late, China beat you too it.

/hot like the world's reserve currency...
 
2010-01-08 07:23:29 AM  
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Perhaps Starbucks should start Incan a new deal?

My oh my,a great idea!
 
2010-01-08 07:31:09 AM  
decaf chill out made me lol. HA.
 
2010-01-08 07:31:45 AM  
Now, its none of Mayan business, but Mexico needs to STFU unless starbucks desides to start Incan a new deal with them. Can you imagine what would happen if the country chases away Starbucks and they lose that that sweet Az-tec for making coffee?

/got nothing
//yeah that's a pretty big reach.
 
2010-01-08 07:34:04 AM  
Having made the mistake of bringing in 2 laptops to Mexico while on business, and then having to pay $180 to prevent the customs official from taking one of them, my guess is that Starbucks can get this resolved quite quickly by:

1. Paying in cash
2. Foregoing the need for a receipt

/seriously, one of the most corrupt countries i've been to.
 
2010-01-08 07:38:22 AM  
Somacandra: Now try to find any actual Amerindians in public places, especially anywhere with money.

Natives with money? I known where! They hang out in reservations that straddle the US-Canada border...
 
2010-01-08 07:40:03 AM  
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Perhaps Starbucks should start Incan a new deal?

INCAS ARE NOT MEXICAN!

www.nerve.com
 
2010-01-08 08:05:30 AM  
The Amazing Kargol and Janet: Starbucks should say they'll think about it when the demand comes from a government official with an Aztec name as opposed to a Spanish one.

Spain should demand a royalty every time a Mexican citizen uses Spanish.
 
2010-01-08 08:12:30 AM  
And Yemen demands Gratuities for the use of Mocha
 
2010-01-08 08:14:15 AM  
nolanvoid: Starbucks said Thursday it regrets any misunderstanding, and "we are willing to pay the appropriate amount for the use of these images."

They just skipped saying the "appropriate amount" is zero.
 
2010-01-08 08:15:09 AM  
Isn't this just the natural evolution of fascism?

/Reading to much Dennett lately.
 
2010-01-08 08:15:27 AM  
farm3.static.flickr.com

They won't get any money out of Starbucks, but they could combine two good things to make a great thing.

/just sayin
 
2010-01-08 08:18:32 AM  
LarsGundersen: The Amazing Kargol and Janet: Starbucks should say they'll think about it when the demand comes from a government official with an Aztec name as opposed to a Spanish one.

Spain should demand a royalty every time a Mexican citizen uses Spanish.


The Romans should sue every time you write something. And the Indians get royalties for their numbering system.
 
2010-01-08 08:21:16 AM  
If they are able to reap the rewards of an ancient culture that sacrificed virgins in the name of daylight, should they not have to also answer for those same travesties?
 
2010-01-08 08:21:17 AM  
Everybody's a stick-up artist these days. Nobody wants to make an honest buck for themselves, wanna take it from somebody else.

/I blame the hippies
 
2010-01-08 08:22:08 AM  
They only would have to pau until 2012.
 
2010-01-08 08:22:36 AM  
Conversely, Starbucks could have responded: "Tell any ancient Aztecs you find down there to come up here and take their share outta my ass".
 
2010-01-08 08:24:53 AM  
IP is one resource that can never run out, unlike oil or coal. It can be created out of thin air.

Will there be a global war on this issue one day?
 
2010-01-08 08:29:19 AM  
How about we bill Mexico for the various costs accrued by their citizens living here in the U.S.?

/Well, you were THINKING it
 
2010-01-08 08:37:49 AM  
Somacandra: The Mexican government works very hard to promote its image as an indigenous nation. It deliberately cultivates an image of it as ancient and distinctive, no less than any other country. A lot of its tourism is based on this image. Of course, when it comes to dealing with actual Mayans or their own other indigenous peoples, they'll shiat on them to no end. In that respect its not that different from Canada or the U.S. I suppose.

Take a look at the OK license plate. Now try to find any actual Amerindians in public places, especially anywhere with money. Welcome to how Mexico rolls too.

/Former Okie


I won't deny that people shiat on them, but you do realize that Mexico's population consists mostly of people with both Indian and Spanish blood....
 
2010-01-08 08:39:45 AM  
oh cool so the catholic church can charge people for use of the bible since its like intellectual property and all?
 
2010-01-08 08:40:54 AM  
So do stock market traders owe france some money?
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/hot
 
2010-01-08 08:42:20 AM  
Uh, guys...in case you didn't know...

THE SIREN IS GREEK.

Wow, you all really disappointed me this morning...I think, I think.. I've lost the will to fark...

Wiki Siren (new window)
 
2010-01-08 08:45:17 AM  
Xenolith: Uh, guys...in case you didn't know...

THE SIREN IS GREEK.

Wow, you all really disappointed me this morning...I think, I think.. I've lost the will to fark...


Uh...who said anything about the Siren?
 
2010-01-08 08:48:12 AM  
And, just for good measure, some funky history on the logo...

How the Starbucks Siren Became Less Naughty (new window)
History of Starbucks logo (new window)

/loves watching the evolution of corporate art into more and more abstract crap...
 
2010-01-08 08:51:34 AM  
shivashakti: Xenolith: Uh, guys...in case you didn't know...

THE SIREN IS GREEK.

Wow, you all really disappointed me this morning...I think, I think.. I've lost the will to fark...

Uh...who said anything about the Siren?


Oops, guess I need to get some more coffee...
 
2010-01-08 08:58:33 AM  
Send in the Judge.

/Unfortunately obscure.
 
2010-01-08 09:06:35 AM  
archichris: oh cool so the catholic church can charge people for use of the bible since its like intellectual property and all?

Since when is the Bible the intellectual property of the Catholic church? Or are you referring to the New Testament?
 
2010-01-08 09:14:42 AM  
Nogale: archichris: oh cool so the catholic church can charge people for use of the bible since its like intellectual property and all?

Since when is the Bible the intellectual property of the Catholic church? Or are you referring to the New Testament?


Easy there, killer, it was just a lame analogy. Relax...
 
2010-01-08 09:18:43 AM  
nolanvoid: Starbucks said Thursday it regrets any misunderstanding, and "we are willing to pay the appropriate amount for the use of these images."

To who? The farking Aztecs are DEAD! I'd tell Mexico to shampoo my crotch. Yup, that is exactly what I'd do.
 
2010-01-08 09:23:03 AM  
Only if they take back their people.
 
2010-01-08 09:27:21 AM  
On another note, we're all dying in 2012 anyway so it doesn't matter much...
 
2010-01-08 09:28:43 AM  
nolanvoid: Starbucks said Thursday it regrets any misunderstanding, and "we are willing to pay the appropriate amount for the use of these images."

What the fark? You give in to this kind of blatant idiocy and it simply justifies it.
Stop encouraging them, Starbucks!
 
2010-01-08 09:31:30 AM  
Nick Nostril: Everybody's a stick-up artist these days. Nobody wants to make an honest buck for themselves, wanna take it from somebody else.

/I blame the hippies


I blame Jesus.

/parable of talents
 
2010-01-08 09:33:02 AM  
Works for me.

We'll staple a 20.00 to the useless ass of every tattooed, violent, sh*t for brains, drug dealing, murderous, "gangstah" boyee cocksucker from Mexico that you extradite back to that toilet of a country and formally indict.

Because option two - in about 4 years - is gonna be armed to the teeth troops, tanks, missiles and TAC nukes staring at you from the entire length of the border.

That's 20.00 USD for every piece of sh*t criminal you take back. Leave a message with my secretary.
 
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