Man, I wish Starbucks would sue me. Then I could rant and rave about how “The Man” is keeping me down. I’d use my victim status to generate a lot of publicity, then use that publicity to hype my lame, scatological comic art.
Oh, wait, Kieron Dwyer’s already done that with Lowest Comic Denominator. Dwyer created a logo that looked kind of like Starbucks’ and bore the words “Consumer Whore.” He called it parody (which is covered by the First Amendment); Starbucks called it copyright infringement. Dwyer’s poorly designed Web pages give more detail, but for a lucid account see this article on Salon.com.
Dwyer’s cartoons suck, but what can you do? Free speech has to apply to everyone. Sigh.