US Supreme court rules in favor of freedom of expression
The US Supreme Court has invalidated a law banning scandalous trademarks as going against the US Constitution’s First Amendment protecting the right to freedom of expression. The decision overturned a lower court decision that banned the use of the trademark ‘Fuct’ (for ‘Friends U Can’t Trust’, according to the designer). The position referred to a similar case regarding the use of the name ‘The Slants’ for an Asian-American dance rock band, which was considered by some to be offensive to Asians. The decision agreed with the contention that a prohibition ‘prohibition on “immoral” trademarks ran afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment right to free expression’ while the dissenting opinion of three of the justices said that the ‘bar on “scandalous” trademarks should have been upheld’.