ACLU says the government shouldn't have the power to cancel the Redskins trademark
The Washington Redskins are back in the spotlight again. This past June, the US Patent and Trademark office canceled six trademarks belonging to the NFL team, claiming the name and mascot were “disparaging to Native Americans.” Now, the ACLU has appealed the decision on the grounds that the cancellation violates the First Amendment.
In a blog post published today on the ACLU’s website titled You’re Not Wrong, You’re Just An A**hole, ACLU staff attorney Esha Bhandari argues that although the Redskins’ name is offensive, the government doesn’t have the authority to make the team change it. Bhandari argues that “arbitrary decisions” like this make it possible for the government to police anything it finds to be “scandalous.”
Source:: The Verge