Supreme Court ruling upholds right to “offensive” trademarks


45TH U.S. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER. ASHLEY: THE SUPREME COURT HAS RULED AGAINST BANNING A ROCK BAND’S TRADEMARK THAT SOME SAID IS OFFENSIVE. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI JOINS US FROM OUR FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU WHERE ONE SCHOOL’S INDIANS MASCOT IS BEING CHANGED FOR THE SAME REASON. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: THE SUPREME COURT STRUCK DOWN PART OF A FEDERAL LAW DENYING TRADEMARKS ON THE BASIS THAT THEY’RE OFFENSIVE. THE JUSTICES VOTED UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF AN ASIAN AMERICAN ROCK BAND, CALLED THE SLANTS, WANTING TO TRADEMARK ITS NAME. CRITICS SAID THAT NAME IS INSULTING TO PEOPLE OF ASIAN DESCENT. THE SUPREME COURT SAID REGISTERING A TRADEMARK IS PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION UNDER FREEDOM OF SPEECH. THIS COULD TAKE PRESSURE OFF THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS. BUT THE TURNERS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL INDIANS NICKNAME, IS ON THE WAY OUT. SAMUEL DUNCAN: TURNERS FALLS IT CAN DISRESPECT ANOTHER PERSON OR ANOTHER UPBRINGING OF A PERSON’S CULTURE, BUT IN THE END WE ALL NEED TO REALIZE WE’RE HERE TOGETHER AND THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: THE GILL MONTAGUE REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE APPROVED CRITERIA FOR A NEW MASCOT IN MAY. THE NAME MUST BE NON-GENDER SPECIFIC OR REPRESENT A GROUP BASED ON RACE, RELIGION OR CULTURE. THE SCHOOL COMMITTE WILL MEET TONIGHT TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING A MASCOT USING THESE CRITERIA. LIVE FROM THE FRANKLIN

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