Starbucks Beats Famed NYC Muralist's Frappuccino IP Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (January 12, 2016, 4:41 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit in which an internationally renowned Brooklyn muralist claimed Starbucks Corp. infringed five copyrighted pieces of her artwork with its Frappuccino advertising campaign, ruling the sets of works weren't substantially similar.

Granting a motion by Starbucks and advertising agency 72andSunny Partners LLC to dismiss the complaint in its entirety, U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain decided that the ad campaign didn't copy the total concept and feel of the protectible elements of Maya Hayuk's works.

The visual artist's suit alleges that, after declining 72andSunny's offer for Hayuk to participate in the campaign, Starbucks...

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