Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Name Givers

The name stays the same:
In the case of Matal v. Tam, an Asian-American music band was denied a trademark right because their band name included a racial epithet. But “The Slants” band leader Simon Tam sued the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and won a unanimous decision when the case went to the Supreme Court.

The patent office claimed the band name violated their rule against trademarks that “disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute.”

The Supreme Court ruled sided with Tam, who said the intension of the name was not to insult or offend anyone.

And the Department of Justice shut down their case against the Washington Redskins in light of the Supreme Court decision.
Offense is in the eye of the beholder...

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