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06-27-17 Trademarking offensive mascots

06-27-17 Trademarking offensive mascots

A unanimous Supreme Court recently struck down an obscure provision in trademark law. It’s a victory for free speech, but a major blow for those working to force a name change for the Washington DC NFL football team. The Court calls the provision unconstitutional. Team owners are celebrating in the end zone. The National Congress of the American Indian, meanwhile, calls the ruling, ‘disappointing’. We’ll explore the next strategies now that teams are free to retain financial incentives for keeping offensive mascots.

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