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User avatar #81 - cormy (02/11/2014) [-]
If Starbucks asks them to close, they will have to close.
Although it isn't against the law to parody things like this, the copyright holders still retain the rights to their property even if it's used under the parody law. I mean... All they'd have to do is change the logo and name and they'd be safe but Starbucks can demand that of them.
User avatar #93 to #81 - chieflongnap (02/11/2014) [-]
Right now Starbucks is actually arguing arguing that they can't use the "starbucks" name. The owner refuses to close because he believes he isn't breaking copyright law (which through legal loopholes, he's kind of right, as I state at the end)

The owner has also stated that he plans on opening a second location in Brooklyn, New York due to how popular this one is (people have reportedly been known to stand in line for several hours just so they can get a drink with a cup that's identical to Starbucks', except it says "dumb" on it).

Here's just a sample article:
www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/10/dumb-starbucks-parody-coffee-store

Based on the last few paragraphs, all the owner needs to do is make it a little more clear that they aren't affiliated with Starbucks and he'll pretty much be golden.
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