“POLITICAL SLANT Band wins trademark case over ‘offensive’ name” -Fox News

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Summary: ” The band countered that the 70-year-old law at issue violates free-speech rights —  and Justice Samuel Alito, in the court’s opinion, agreed. Alito cautioned in his opinion that the government still “has an interest in preventing speech expressing ideas that offend.” But he suggested the clause in question was too sweeping: “The clause reaches any trademark that disparages any person, group or institution. The case centered on Oregon-based, Asian-American band The Slants, which was denied a trademark because its name was deemed offensive. A federal appeals court had sided with the band, ruling that the law violates the First Amendment. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal trademark law banning offensive names is unconstitutional, siding with a rock band whose name had been considered racially disparaging by the U.S. The Slants perform.”

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