Sunday, January 6, 2019

US top court to hear vulgar trademarks case

The US Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case brought by a clothing line named “Fuct” which the government has refused to register, claiming it would promote vulgarity. The case pits a provision of US trademark law that allows the government to deny requests on the basis “immoral” or “scandalous” words against the principles of free speech in the US Constitution. A date of hearing has not been fixed. The brand was founded in 1990 by designer Erik Brunetti.
The government argues the contested legal provision “reflects Congress’s judgment that the federal government should not promote the use of graphic sexual images and vulgar terms by granting them the benefits of registration”. AF

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