“Redskins” Trademarks Axed, Ruling Threatens Broadcasters

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“Redskins” Trademarks Axed, Ruling Threatens Broadcasters
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2014):  The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has cancelled all of the “Redskins” trademark registrations, a move which not only pressures  the team to change its name, but will also make it easier for former commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] to use federal broadcast law to attack the continued use of the team’s disparaging name.

Trademark cancellation a major victory for those fighting the continued use of the racist ‘Redskins’ name

“Although this is a major victory for those fighting the continued use of the racist ‘Redskins’ name, it is by no means conclusive, since a similar cancellation of trademarks by the Trademark Office also occurred in 1999, only to be reversed ten years later after a long court battle,” notes public interest law professor John Banzhaf. That’s why it’s so important to move forward with legal actions aimed at preventing the continued use of the racist word on the air, especially during prime time when so many children are exposed to it.

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