Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Federal judge orders cancellation of Washington Redskins's trademarks

A federal judge in northern Virginia (Alexandria) has ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’s federal trademarks (six of them). USA Today has a story here, by Erik Brady.  
The judge said that the trademark had been disparaging to a substantial cohort of Native Americans when originally granted.  He also ruled that a federal trademark is “government speech” and not directly covered by the first amendment.

The team can continue to use the name, but with no legal protection.

The judge drew an analogy with the "right" of states to regulate their own speech on specialty license plates that they sell.

What about the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Redlegs, Atlanta Braves?
The Washington Post has a copy of the ruling, and embedded PDF.


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