A black entrepreneur from Mississippi who wants to control who gets to profit from using the most infamous racial slur in American history is waiting for the Patent and Trademark Office to decide, in the wake of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, if he can register a trademark for a variation of the N-word.
Under copyright law, wineries that host live musical performances or even play recorded music at their vineyards need to acquire licenses. Some owners were forgoing them, either because they were too expensive or because they didn’t understand the process.
American Indians struggling to get the Washington Redskins football team to change its name may lose the battle in U.S. courts, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over.
The Washington Redskins are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 19 decision striking down the Patent and Trademark Office’s ban on registering trademarks considered disparaging to racial or ethnic groups.