Supreme Ct strikes down law blocking disparaging trademarks

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 2:40 PM

"If affixing the commercial label permits the suppression of any speech that may lead to political or social 'volatility,' free speech would be endangered."The case at hand involves Simon Tam, an Asian-American musician and political activist who named his rock band "The Slants" in an attempt to get back a duration that once directed as an insult.

Supreme Ct strikes down law blocking disparaging trademarks

"The commercial market is well stocked with merchandise that disparages prominent figures and groups, and the line between commercial and non-commercial speech isn't always clear, as this case illustrates," Alito added. "If affixing the commercial label permits the suppression of any speech that may lead to political or social 'volatility,' free speech would be endangered."

The case at hand involves Simon Tam, an Asian-American musician and political activist who named his rock band "The Slants" in an attempt to get back a duration that once directed as an insult. He sought to register the title with the trademark office.

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