Free speech: where to draw the line

15-08-2017

Free speech: where to draw the line

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The US Supreme Court’s ruling in Matal v Tam said it was unconstitutional for trademarks to be blocked on grounds of disparagement, in a win for free speech. What impact will it have, and who are the real winners? WIPR finds out.

When Simon Tam was posting adverts online looking for band members in 2004, nobody could possibly tell the colossal impact he would soon have on the trademark world.

After gathering members and gigging around Ohio, he opted to name his group The Slants.

He stated in several interviews that, among other things, this was a way of reclaiming a derogatory term for Asian people.


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