Thursday, October 09, 2008

Lebanese group to sue Israel copyright infringement of food

The latest in the long line of strange but true IP stories is that a Lebanese group is reportedly going to sue Israel for violating their "food copyright"

"Along the same lines as various regions in France declaring that only they can sell "Champagne" or Greece being the only one allowed to offer "feta," a group in Lebanon is claiming that various popular middle eastern foods such as hummus, falafel, tabouleh and baba gannouj are property of Lebanon and Lebanon alone. In fact, the group is planning to sue Israel for "stealing" its food. They're actually claiming that this could be a violation of a "food copyright" (something that doesn't actually exist)."

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