with all respect to Adam, I have to disagree with
his statement on small business copyright
infringement hurting Starbucks... I quote Adam: "the outfits that chose
those "copycat" names were trying to gain commercial advantage through
In the case of the Haidabucks Cafe, there was
certainly no commercial advantage attached to the name. This cafe
(actually a restaurant, they sell salads, sandwiches, etc.) is located on remote
Island where Starbucks will NEVER open a shop. The name is derived from
the Haida nation of which the 4 young men who run the cafe are members, and
"bucks" is a common way to refer to young native men (the local basketball team
which they all played on is called the Bucks). The cafe employs a number
of local people during its busy season, but the owners do not derive enough
income from their establishment to live in corporate luxury. All of them
have other jobs. The cafe is closed in winter because business is too slow
to stay open.
If they were looking for "commercial advantage"
they would not have invested in a small business that benefits their community,
they would have invested their money in some remote corporation that does
nothing for their community... like Starbucks, for example.