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(Bangkok Post)   Comedian finds out that he can't open a coffee shop called Starbucks, even if he puts the word "Dumb" above the top. Especially in LA without a valid public health permit   (bangkokpost.com) divider line 62
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2014-02-11 01:15:54 PM
People keep telling me that "Nathan For You" is really good and worth watching, but I personally don't find anything entertaining about poking fun at people who are earnestly looking to improve things for themselves.
 
2014-02-11 01:35:50 PM
I stood in line for 90 minutes on a Sunday morning, got some free coffee, got interviewed by the LA Times, met some cute girls who appreciate dumb jokes, and now I'm selling my extra cup on eBay to someone even dumber than I for $100+, so a waste of time? I'd say not.
 
2014-02-11 01:57:28 PM

stiletto2: I stood in line for 90 minutes on a Sunday morning, got some free coffee, got interviewed by the LA Times, met some cute girls who appreciate dumb jokes, and now I'm selling my extra cup on eBay to someone even dumber than I for $100+, so a waste of time? I'd say not.


farking genius.

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2014-02-11 02:28:08 PM
starbuckscoffee.org.uk
 
2014-02-11 02:44:33 PM

Theaetetus: Geoff Peterson: puckrock2000: [i.imgur.com image 600x431]

uh...yeah. I dont see what that has to do with this. Maybe that person is you?

As noted by WelldeadLink, copyright and trademark fair use are different. While they may have a decent copyright defense, that won't fly for trademark.

That said, all of the articles I've seen mention that they were giving out free coffee... If they weren't actually selling anything, then they might have a separate defense for trademark infringement.


I had wondered about that, actually. Presumably he had to buy the coffee and pay people to hand it out, so wouldn't that still count as commercial activity?
 
2014-02-11 02:45:05 PM

frepnog: he opened a coffee shop, called it dumb starbucks, and serves coffee.

how is that a parody, exactly?  i mean if he served cups of smashed beaver, MAYBE that would be parody.

/parody laws do not in any way cover this stupidity.


Not only that, but his flyer on the door practically listed every element of a successful parody defense to trademark infringement and then admitted something that proves that it wasn't legit in this case. He now says that he did this to "parody the copyright laws."
 
2014-02-11 03:15:07 PM

Zavulon: I had wondered about that, actually. Presumably he had to buy the coffee and pay people to hand it out, so wouldn't that still count as commercial activity?


He hired "actors" for his parody.  Now, get the guild involved for bonus points.
 
2014-02-11 03:22:44 PM

imashark: Does this mean that anyone can use a trademark by putting the word "dumb" before it? Like "Dumb Intel" or "Dumb Wal-Mart" (though that last one seems like a double-negative).


No, it means that dumbass comedians should hire a lawyer before relying on their own skimmed-over-the-wikipedia-page legal opinion.

Of course maybe he wasn't actually trying to have this succeed, but then I really don't get the point at all, since it doesn't appear to be at all funny or clever.
 
2014-02-11 05:09:10 PM
I think he's hilarious.  Love his show.  Don't quite understand this.

But he's a freaking weirdo so I guess I kinda understand it.
 
2014-02-11 05:41:13 PM

bearcats1983: People waited for hours for this place, what the fark? Why? Really interesting that people have so much time to waste. I could think of a hundred things I'd rather be doing than standing on line for a free coffee.


Unemployed hipsters?
 
2014-02-11 09:55:49 PM

stiletto2: I stood in line for 90 minutes on a Sunday morning, got some free coffee, got interviewed by the LA Times, met some cute girls who appreciate dumb jokes, and now I'm selling my extra cup on eBay to someone even dumber than I for $100+, so a waste of time? I'd say not.


Ooh! Potential opportunity for counterfeiting.
 
2014-02-11 10:30:50 PM

Cold_Sassy: bearcats1983: People waited for hours for this place, what the fark?

 People waited HOURS in line for a damn cup of coffee from that place.


That's the parody.
 
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