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Copyright and the poor

By Op-Ed Editor | October 30, 2006

Ethiopian government wants to trademark its coffees: Sidamo, Hara, and others. Something called the National Coffee Association opposed the application in the United States.

Seems like a great opportunity for demonstrating how IP can benefit poor people.

Evidently you can buy “Ethiopian Sidamo” at Starbucks. But Starbucks thinks Ethiopia should settle for “certification,” not trademark.

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