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Old 06-19-2017, 06:58 PM
N9IWP N9IWP is offline
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Offensive band names OK

Well, trademarks in general:
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...st-be-allowed/

Basically the unanimous(!) ruling stated that granting a trademark is not endorsing the trademark
This does mean the Washington football team can legally keep their name as well.

Will offensive license plates be next?

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Old 06-19-2017, 07:11 PM
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Will offensive license plates be next?
No, because license plates are making the government speak for you in a sense, by making them make a license plate which then has that message right by the state's official logo.

(Or that, at least, is an argument I could see them using. It would be a "compelled speech" argument, to use a technical term, and compelled speech is protected, in that the government can't compel someone to say something they don't want to without a good reason. I can easily imagine it working the other way, too.)

Anyway, this just goes to show: "hate speech" doesn't exist under American law. It isn't a concept my country's laws define, and I like it that way.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:24 PM
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Anyway, this just goes to show: "hate speech" doesn't exist under American law.
First Amendment's a bitch.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:26 PM
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I managed to get an offensive license plate with the addition of an apostrophe and a dash.

It doesn't offend me, however.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:40 PM
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This does put a new slant on things.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:46 PM
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We should nip this in the bud.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:23 PM
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Another chink in the armor of public decency.
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