Lee v. Tam Oral Argument The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lee v. Tam, a case testing whether the government’s refusal to register trademarks that can be seen as disparaging, such as… read more

Lee v. Tam Oral Argument The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lee v. Tam, a case testing whether the government’s refusal to register trademarks that can be seen as disparaging, such as racial slurs, violates First Amendment free speech.

This case arose from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s refusal to trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants. The challenge is to a 1946 trademark law that bars the federal registration of trademarks that “disparage” groups and individuals.

The court’s ruling in this case could affect the Washington Redskins NFL football team. The team’s trademark was cancelled in 2014 after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decided the name Redskins was disparaging to Native Americans.

This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak. close

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Program ID:
421846-1
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Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 25, 2017 | 10:47pm EST | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Jan 30, 2017 | 2:58am EST | C-SPAN 1

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