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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday October 01 2016, @12:34PM   Printer-friendly
from the who-defines-offensive dept.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would decide, once and for all, whether federal intellectual property regulators can refuse to issue trademarks with disparaging or inappropriate names.

At the center of the issue is a section of trademark law that actually forbids the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from approving a trademark if it "consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute."

The case before the justices, which they will hear sometime in the upcoming term beginning in October, concerns the Portland-based Asian-American rock band called the Slants. Previously, decisions have come down on both sides regarding trademarking offensive names. The most notable denial is likely the name of the NFL's Washington franchise, "Redskins." But lesser known denials include "Stop the Islamization of America," "The Christian Prostitute," "AMISHHOMO," "Mormon Whiskey," "Ride Hard Retard," "Abort the Republicans," and "Democrats Shouldn't Breed."

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/09/can-you-trademark-an-offensive-name-or-not-us-supreme-court-to-decide/


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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:36PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:36PM (#408838) Homepage Journal

    "My advice to you is to either ignore him if he annoys/disgusts/triggers you"

    YOU SAID THE TRIGGER WORD AND THAT'S MY TRIGGER YOU FUCKTARD!

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:03PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:03PM (#408843)

    Somehow I just knew you'd latch right onto that mischaracterization of "trigger" like a dog eating his own shit.

  • (Score: 2) by NotSanguine on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:24PM

    "My advice to you is to either ignore him if he annoys/disgusts/triggers you"

    YOU SAID THE TRIGGER WORD AND THAT'S MY TRIGGER YOU FUCKTARD!

    Take it easy Runaway. Perhaps you should go over to the meth house and get a nice booty bump [tweaker.org]. You know that always evens you out. 😉

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  • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Saturday October 01 2016, @08:24PM

    by HiThere (866) on Saturday October 01 2016, @08:24PM (#408867) Journal

    What have you got against Roy Rodgers?

    And why?

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