A day after a court ruled that an Indian restaurant chain had breached copyright by selling its rice at a profit, the owner of a food truck in the U.S. has said he will not stop.
The owner of the Costa Rica flag restaurant Parboiled Rice, owned by chef Jairus Barham, said he plans to keep the business even after the ruling.
The Costa Rican government has issued a public apology to the restaurateur and called on other restaurants to do the same.
The restaurant in New York City has been criticized for using a flag of Costa Rica, which has not been a member of the union that represents the island nation.
The restaurant says it has been selling its goods to a local community.
The ruling from a New York federal judge came after the Supreme Court of New York ruled that the chain violated the Lanham Act, a 17-year-old law that prohibits unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted material.
The court also ruled that Parboiler’s use of the flag violates the Lanman Act.