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U.S. top court says law banning offensive trademarks is unconstitutional

Reuters Monday, 19 June 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a law forbidding official registration of offensive trademarks unconstitutionally limits free speech in a case involving a band called The Slants, an outcome the government has said could lead to a proliferation of racial slurs as sanctioned trademarks.
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News video: U.S. top court finds law banning offensive trademarks unconstitutional

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In a decision that could benefit the NFL's Washington Redskins, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a federal prohibition on disparaging trademarks as a constitutional violation in a major free speech ruling involving a band called The Slants. Colette Luke reports.

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