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Supreme Court to decide if offensive names such as 'Redskins' and 'Slants' can be trademarked

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether The Slants, an Asian American rock band from Portland, Ore., can trademark its name despite the government’s objection that it is an offensive term. This clash between free speech and trademark protection has drawn wide attention in part because...
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Supreme Court to Rule on Whether Band Name “The Slants” Is Offensive

Music / Rock & Pop : Pitchfork: News

Several years ago, Simon Tam of Portland, Oregon band the Slants started trying to register his all-Asian dance-rock group’s name as a trademark. However, a federal law blocks the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from registering tr...

Government Can't Deny Trademarks Over Offensive Names, Appeals Court Rules

News : The Two-Way

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that a band — called "The Slants" — should be issued a trademark despite their offensive name. Their speech is protected by the First Amendment.

The Supreme Court Will Decide If This Band's Name Is Too Offensive To Be Trademarked

News : Huffington Post

The frontman of The Slants doesn’t like the name of Washington’s NFL team. He thinks the term is “an inherent racial slur” that is demeaning to Native Americans. And yet Simon Tam, who is Asian American, is an unwilling ally of the ...

It's not the government's role to say if 'Slants' is offensive

Business & Finance : Money & Co

You may not have heard of the Slants, an Asian American rock band from Portland, Ore., whose name was chosen as an ironic comment on an ethnic slur. But the Supreme Court’s announcement Thursday that it will consider a case involvin...

Redskins urge Supreme Court to protect team’s free speech rights alongside ‘Slants’

United States / Washington D.C. : Washington Post: Local

The Redskins want to join an Asian rock band’s trademark case, and cited a Washington Post poll as evidence that its own name does not offend Native Americans


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