As far as mid-east wars goes, the battle over the naming rights to middle eastern delicacies Humus, and Baba Ganoush is sure to be one of the most civil. The president of the Lebanese Industrialists Association Fadi Abboud, said he is preparing to file an international lawsuit against Israel for allegedly "taking the identity of some Lebanese foods" and thus violating a food copyright, according to a report in Ha Aretz news paper.
The law suit is a prime example of how copyright, or the idea of copyright, can run a muck interfering with marketing and international trade. Something such as an ancient delicacy like Humus (a combination of chick peas and sesames seed paste) Baba Ganush (eggplant and garlic) should be in public domain. It is clear there is a competitive advantage that the Israelis have in the production and marketing of the same product and the Lebanese have resorted to lawsuits to bridge that gap.