Some will recall the contortions the Professor at Islington Technical College went through to insist that Starbucks really was dodging taxes. Despite their actually, you know, losing money? Losing money even after we reversed everything they were supposed to be doing that was tax dodging.
One such contortion was that there should be no royalty paid. For, of course, intellectual property is only just a tax dodge, it has no economic reality at all:
Switzerland’s Nestlé is paying $7.15bn to market Starbucks’ out-of-shop products as the world’s largest food and drinks group ramps up its US and global coffee expansion plans.
Dunno about you bit I’d call that 7,150,000,000 bits of economic reality myself.