Yeah, you can trademark an ethnic slur: Supreme Court hands victory to Asian-American rock band in landmark ruling

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In an 8-0 vote, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal regulation prohibiting offensive trademarks was an unconstitutional infringement of free speech.

“It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s unanimous opinion. “Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”

The plaintiff in the case at hand was an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, who had attempted to...

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