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Obama considers revoking trademark for Washington Redskins because some people said it was offensive
wordpress ^ | Janaury 21, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill

Posted on 01/21/2014 1:29:52 AM PST by grundle

Obama considers revoking trademark protection for the Washington Redskins’ name because some people said it was offensive

It was recently reported that the Obama administration was considering revoking trademark protection for the Washington Redskins’ name because some people said it was offensive.

This could set a horrible precedent.

Just about every R-rated movie includes content that someone would consider offensive, whether that content be violence, sex, profanity, etc. The same can be said for the content of many books, the lyrics of many songs, the content of many paintings, etc. If any copyright, patent, trademark, etc., can be revoked because someone finds it offensive, then I can’t even begin to imagine how much damage this would cause to the concept of intellectual property, as well as to the arts, sciences, music, literature, movies, etc.

There is no such thing as a right to not be offended. The whole point of protecting free speech in the first place is to protect speech that some people might find offensive. If we only protected speech that was dull, bland, and non-controversial, there wouldn’t be much point to having such protection in the first place.



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KEYWORDS: bho44; dictators; nfl; obama; politicalcorrectness; redskins; zerotolerance
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1 posted on 01/21/2014 1:29:52 AM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

Aside from dictatorial arrogance, what gives him the power to do that? Given the number of people that find him offensive, why is he still in office?


2 posted on 01/21/2014 1:35:53 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: grundle

Major lawsuit

1st amendment


3 posted on 01/21/2014 1:41:37 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: grundle

They will become the Washington Comrades?


4 posted on 01/21/2014 1:45:16 AM PST by AlexW
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To: grundle

We’re all gonna die

You’re gonna die

I’m gonna die

Just not today

(old man) “Let’s drop some lead on that mthrfkr!”

BOOM!!!

Later Tater

To Bad, So Sad...Buh Bye ...


5 posted on 01/21/2014 1:45:30 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: grundle

Oklahoma!


6 posted on 01/21/2014 1:48:53 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: grundle

What about Browns? Should Europeans be upset about Vikings? Are gays upset about Packers? Patriots could be offensive to liberals and the British. Every name is potentially offensive to somebody.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 1:53:30 AM PST by BinaryBoy (RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: AlexW

The “Washington Mac Daddies” as a tribute to himself.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 2:01:45 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: grundle

....”I’ve got a pen”....he got tired of drawing a red line in the sand. In another year he’ll be down to crayons where he belongs.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 2:04:40 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: AlexW; grundle

10 posted on 01/21/2014 2:04:51 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Doogle

One of these days people will see Obama’s grades. I highly doubt he passed any constitutional law course let alone law school.


11 posted on 01/21/2014 2:48:35 AM PST by Lumper20 ( clown in Chief has made some Gov employees Gestapo)
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To: grundle
There is no such thing as a right to not be offended.

Well, somehow they found the right to kill inconvenient children in the Constitution, I would think finding the right to not be offended wouldn't be too hard.

12 posted on 01/21/2014 2:55:01 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: grundle

France and Napoleonic Law vs. British Common Law. One code declares what is legal and therefore the rest illegal, the other declares what is illegal and therefore that which remained was legal. Ah, our emperor wears no clothes.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 2:56:44 AM PST by Jumper
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To: Lumper20

He may well have passed the courses but has learned that now he can ignore the law.


14 posted on 01/21/2014 2:57:42 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Lumper20
One of these days people will see Obama’s grades. I highly doubt he passed any constitutional law course let alone law school.

Well, truth be told, he didn't pass (active voice); he was passed (passive voice).

Liberal Institution: "Oh, Obama? That smooth-talking Kenyan kid?"

Board of Regents: "Yeah, him. He never went to class; smoked dope all the time."

Liberal Institution: "But, it would look bad for us to flunk a 'person of color'."

Board of Regents: [sighs] "Fine"


15 posted on 01/21/2014 3:04:46 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: grundle

change it to foreskins, a dick for a nose!


16 posted on 01/21/2014 3:15:21 AM PST by dalereed
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To: grundle

I do not see why we are giving him such a rough time.

He is willing to take on the HARD TASKS such as
USSR and their stand against gays,
names of football teams,
brackets for the NCAA tournament,
concussions for football players,
intervening in local govt and opining on criminal matters,
and many more trivial matters.
ETC.....

Like the guy used to say, “I am in charge in my house. My wife raises the family and takes care of the bills and other finances BUT I make the important decisions, Like what to do about the Middle East, Athletes salaries, and on occasion, get to choose a TV show.”


17 posted on 01/21/2014 3:19:49 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --Because you have your head up your arse doesn't mean you have to have a crappy outlook.)
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To: clearcarbon

If he decrees it and it sticks then he has the power. Worse, his relationship with the society is altered toward real dictatorship in yet another not-very-small step.


18 posted on 01/21/2014 3:28:10 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: grundle

Obama is even going to turn D.C. Republican!


19 posted on 01/21/2014 3:42:38 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Lumper20

...you don’t go to Harvard with a “c” grade from Occidental without BIG Arab donations in your pocket for then....and to hide your records recently
A typical street hustler as editor of the Harvard Law Review?....it must have been massive ($$$$$$$$$)...of course applying for aid as a foreign student helps with the pocket money along with the 6 Social Security cards to get more (assistance...$$$$$$) and skip paying taxes


20 posted on 01/21/2014 3:49:44 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: arthurus

I hope he does it ,, might wake up a huge number of people that are asleep.


21 posted on 01/21/2014 3:50:44 AM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Jumper
"Napoleonic Law vs. British Common Law"

There are actually four models for law in Europe:
The British model, where "Everything is permitted, except that which is prohibited"
The German model, where "Everything is prohibited, except that which is permitted"
The Soviet model, where "Everything is prohibited, including that which is permitted"
The Italian Model, where "Everything is permitted, including that which is prohibited"

22 posted on 01/21/2014 5:13:15 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: COBOL2Java

They had to pass him to find out what was in him.


23 posted on 01/21/2014 5:19:18 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: grundle

The Washington Nigglers.
(That’s a joke, son!)


24 posted on 01/21/2014 5:22:29 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: grundle

It’s a bird!

It’s a plane!

It’s AGITPROP!

The community organizer comes home to roost.


25 posted on 01/21/2014 5:22:49 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: grundle

Does the president control the Patent Office? Is there a process for “revoking” a patent? Aside from his utter hubris, what makes the Clown Prince think he can just arbitrarily take away a trademark?

And if you think about it, this might just come back to bite him. After all, if you remove the trademark protection from the Redskins name and logo, it becomes public domain. ANYBODY can use it. I know I would develop a sudden fancy for Redskin t-shirts, especially if I could sell them for $25 apiece.

The Redskin name would be everywhere!


26 posted on 01/21/2014 5:44:49 AM PST by IronJack
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To: grundle

I hope Obama does something that stupid.

Then we could IMPEACH him because at least a third of the nation FINDS OBAMA’S POLICIES OFFENSIVE!!!


27 posted on 01/21/2014 5:48:51 AM PST by G Larry
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To: grundle

I find his communist logo offensive.


28 posted on 01/21/2014 5:49:51 AM PST by jersey117
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To: grundle

Someone suggested revoking the copyrights on those two “autobiographies” since they were faked?


29 posted on 01/21/2014 6:06:07 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: grundle

30 posted on 01/21/2014 6:16:41 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: grundle

There is a provision in the trademark statute that prevents registration of a mark deemed to be scandalous or immoral. I could be wrong but if memory serves that seems to apply to new marks for which registration is sought and not as a vehicle to strike from the register an existing registration that, in someone’s hindsight, becomes “offensive.” At any rate, there is nothing Obama can do about preventing the Redskins from co to using to enforce their common law rights.


31 posted on 01/21/2014 6:25:01 AM PST by FlipWilson
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To: grundle

The Ruler does what?


32 posted on 01/21/2014 7:44:49 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: BinaryBoy

You’re right - all those other names could indeed be offensive to someone.


33 posted on 01/21/2014 2:56:50 PM PST by grundle
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To: Lumper20

He may have gotten a D- in some of them. Some professors do that even though they know the student deserves an F.


34 posted on 01/21/2014 2:57:53 PM PST by grundle
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To: IronJack
if you remove the trademark protection from the Redskins name and logo, it becomes public domain. ANYBODY can use it.

That's an excellent point!

35 posted on 01/21/2014 3:00:41 PM PST by grundle
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To: Doogle

Sad but true. We need to impeach the pretender.


36 posted on 01/21/2014 3:04:07 PM PST by Lumper20 ( clown in Chief has made some Gov employees Gestapo)
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To: norwaypinesavage

I love it, your brevity is on point!


37 posted on 01/21/2014 4:19:11 PM PST by Jumper
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To: grundle

didn’t about 20% of Americans say it should be changed?

....

How come it has become accepted by sheeple that government should retaliate against its own citizens for speech and stuff??


38 posted on 01/21/2014 4:23:39 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: grundle
Given the new focus on income inequality, can Obama revoke the trademarks and patents that Microsoft and Apple have, because the profits that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs made are "offensive" to the poor?

-PJ

39 posted on 01/21/2014 4:25:51 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: xrmusn

I do not see why we are giving him such a rough time.

He is willing to take on the HARD TASKS such as
USSR and their stand against gays,
names of football teams,
brackets for the NCAA tournament,
concussions for football players,
intervening in local govt and opining on criminal matters,
and many more trivial matters.
ETC.....


He has time to call some queer football player..but won’t even acknowledge Pearl Harbor or D-Day or call the family of a slain soldier..


40 posted on 01/21/2014 4:26:51 PM PST by AFret. ("Charlie don't surf ! ")
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To: AFret.

He has time to call some queer football player..but won’t even acknowledge Pearl Harbor or D-Day or call the family of a slain soldier..
= = = = = = = = =
True, BUT there isn’t enough room (even in cyber space) to list ALL of his shortcomings and categorize all the lies.
I sort of ‘disagree’ with the phone calls, it depends on whether the photo op is to his advantage..
OTOH, if he doesn’t call he doesn’t have to listen to the PO’d people on the other end.
I am just getting sick of hearing that ‘whiney excuse for a man’ and having to look at that mug most anyway you turn.
Can’t even ‘escape’ him on this net.

My cats run from the room every time his mug or voice shows up on the TV or Radio....

Wonder if it has anything to do with me SCREAMING “FUBO - get out of MY house” as I ‘throw’ something then change the channel/station.


41 posted on 01/21/2014 5:38:17 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --Because you have your head up your arse doesn't mean you have to have a crappy outlook.)
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