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What does Starbucks have to say about “Dumb Starbucks”?

Dumb Starbucks Logo

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.

~Brooke Rideout~


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West Study Aids: Intellectual Property

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:

  • Copyright
  • International
  • Licensing
  • Patent Law
  • Survey Law
  • Trademarks


  • 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.

~ Julie Morris ~

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Hidden Treasures: The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer

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 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!!!

-Ashley Moye-

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