Mexican Gov't Says Starbucks Can't Use Images Of Mexican Artifacts On Mugs… Without Paying Up
from the who-owns-your-culture? dept
Apparently, the Mexican government believes it owns its pre-Hispanic culture. Michael Scott points us to a story about how the Mexican government claims it “owns” the intellectual property on various pre-Hispanic artifacts, which Starbucks was using as imagery on mugs. Specifically, it’s upset about images of an Aztec stone calendar and the Pyramid of the Moon from Teotihuacan. I’ve heard that some countries believe they can automatically claim total “intellectual property” control over certain artifacts, but it’s difficult to see what claim Mexico would have under any ordinary intellectual property law.