Niggling bureaucrats shouldn’t be telling us what’s “disparaging”

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December 20, 2016
Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  
Posted in Commentary

"Lee v. Tam asks whether an Asian-American rock band called The Slants can trademark and own their own name. The Slants are a group of artists, led by Simon Shiao Tam, who have formed an identity 'to take on these stereotypes that people have about us, like the slanted eyes, and own them.' Some agree with The Slants' approach and some disagree, as is normal in a robust artistic marketplace. What's not normal is that the government has chosen sides in this debate, punishing The Slants for their choice of name by denying them federal trademark registration." (12/19/16)  

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