Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Supremes slap down the 'hate speech' censors

The Supremes slap down the 'hate speech' censors

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name.

The Washington Redskins got some good news Monday morning when the Supreme Court ruled that an Asian American band can call itself The Slants, even though the name might offend some people.

In a separate high profile case in 2014 the Washington Redskins American football team had a trademark of its name cancelled by the patent office following complaints form Native American groups that it was racist.

An Asian-American rock group has won their ongoing legal battle to register the name of their band, The Slants, as a trademark. The Supreme Court ruling in the Slants case will likely give the Redskins leverage in their own court battle. She added: "While this may be the right result under the First Amendment and the principles of free speech that are foundational to our country, it seems the responsibility will now pass to the public". It has, for instance, both registered and rejected trademarks for the terms "Heeb", "Dago", "Injun" and "Squaw". That case is now in appeal, with the appeal put on hold to await the Supreme Court's verdict in The Slants case.

"If the federal registration of a trademark makes the mark government speech, the federal government is babbling prodigiously and incoherently", Alito said.

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The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears trademark cases, ruled that making decisions about which trademarks might be disparaging amounts to improper viewpoint discrimination by the government, "in order to stifle the use of certain disfavored messages".

"The case also has obvious implications for the similar dispute involving the Washington Redskins, who had their trademark canceled under the same statute and theory that the justices invalidated today", said Steve Vladeck, CNN legal analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of law. Furthermore, the opinions provide a timely and forceful reminder that dissenting views and unpopular speech are not only protected by the First Amendment, but that their protection is also necessary to realize free speech and expression for all.

The Slants went to court after being denied trademark registration for a name they chose as an act of "reappropriation" - adopting a term used by others to disparage Asian Americans and wearing it as a badge of pride. The Supreme Court on Monday, June 19, . In an interview with Resonate, lead singer Simon Young said, "the Trademark Office continued to use the false information, even at the Supreme Court".

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