A. Starbucks Corp. v. Kieron Dwyer:
Cartoonist Kieron Dwyer was sued by
Starbucks for copyright & trademark infringement for his parody of the
a. Dwyer sold coffee mugs, t-shirts and stickers with his parody logo
mimicking Starbucks’ logo and adding the words Consumer
b. No copyright infringement since court ruled Dwyer’s work was a
parody and fair use.
c. No trademark infringement since no likelihood that consumerswould confuse Dwyer’s merchandise with Starbucks products.
d. However, court held Dwyer forbidden from profiting from use of a
confusingly similar image of the Starbucks logo.
(1) Fair use allows him to display the image as an expression
of free speech, but not to use it to sell merchandise.
(2) Court believed the use might tarnish Starbucks’ trademark
by associating it “with conduct that many consumers will
find lewd, immoral, and unacceptable.
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