You vill comply

The U.S. Patent Office has deemed the name “Redskins” to be a disparaging term, and as a result they have canceled the trademark. Harry Reid believes he’s one step closer to getting the name changed. Notice the key word “forced” in his tweet. Hello, 1984.

2014_06 14 Harry Reid focused like a laser

In better news, Bobby Jindal just withdrew Louisiana from Common Core.

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6 responses to “You vill comply

  1. Ting

    Isn’t a trademark private property? I certainly have never done any accounting for an organization like that, so I really don’t know what I am talking about here, but it seems to me it would even be listed as an asset on the balance sheet. So a couple of federal employees can decide they are offended and then confiscate someone’s property to soothe their grievances?

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I did not read the whole thing, but here is what Harvard Law has posted about trademark law. In particular, note section 6, about how a trademark can be lost. Only three causes are listed: abandonment, improper licensing or assignment, or genericity.

      The entirety of the law is geared toward PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF BUSINESSES USING TRADEMARKS. There is nothing at all about any government agent having the right to cancel a trademark that has not been abandoned with no intention to reuse it (e.g., a business folds), improperly licensed or assigned to another party (e.g., the business passes on rights to use it in ways that violate trademark requirements), or become so generic that it no longer has trademark value (e.g., “aspirin”).

      I googled “disparaging” and other words like “crude” and got zero hits. It appears to me that once a trademark is registered, it would be up to the owner to decide the language and culture had changed in a way that was detrimental to the trademark and thus abandon it.

      https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/metaschool/fisher/domain/tm.htm

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      • Pistol Pete

        What you say is true;unfortunately we all have seen what this crime syndicate thinks of “laws.”

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  2. ♫ Where seldom is hearrrrrd
    a disparaging worrrrrd…
    and the pols are not shady alllll ♭♩ daaayy

    Rename the Washington R-Words — Would the Washington Palefaces also be disparaging? Some suggestions for changes now that the Washington Redskins have lost their trademark.

    Linked to this page from mine, btw.

    ♫ Strange days have found us. ♩

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  3. From Joe for America:

    “Despite various polls showing that 90% of American Indians take pride in sports names reflecting their heritage, the Washington Redskins name offends those who are perpetually offended. To win more Jewish fans the team should be renamed the Washington Foreskins.
    “A Rabbi can be the team doctor, assuming a Jewish doctor will not be a stereotype, and therefore offensive. Every baby born to a player on the team once the name change takes effect will be given a free circumcision.
    “With no more Redskins to battle, the Dallas Cowboys can become the Ranchers. To mollify activists, they will be the Dallas Vegan Ranchers. Their mascot will be a stick of Texas Tofu.
    “Since Panthers are violent animals, the Carolina team could change its name to the Pussy Cats. Politicians will be interviewed for jobs as the team’s mascot.” (continue reading)

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