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Mexico: Starbucks may pay for the use of pre-Columbian royalty images


The Mexican government said that it has notified the company Starbucks Corp. for the potential violation of Intellectual Property Rights.

The Mexican Archeological Agency explains that Starbucks is using, in its cups and jars, images of the Aztec calendar and Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan.

Starbucks said in a statement that he regretted "any misunderstanding this may have caused" and said "we are willing to pay the amount for the use of these images." Neither the company nor the government has specified the amount to be paid.

Starbucks said it is working with Mexico to resolve the matter "as soon as possible" and that it temporarily withdrew the cups from their shelves until the matter is resolved.

More information here, here and here.

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