- Marc Randazza: Court upholds a trademark denial for Asian-American band The Slants on the grounds that name was disparaging
- He says court is wrong: Trademarks are commercial speech, protected by First Amendment. Ruling a sign or our easily offended times
Marc J. Randazza is a Las Vegas-based First Amendment attorney and managing partner of the Randazza Legal Group. He is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts and Nevada. His paper, "Freedom of Expression and Morality-Based Impediments to the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights," will be published in the next edition of the Nevada Law Journal. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Given that most people couldn't tell the difference between a copyright and a trademark, it usually takes something controversial, such as the Washington Redskins' refusal to change their name, to get people interested in trademark law.