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    Is your favorite team racist??

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

    The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed.


    “This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm,” said lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath.

    Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.” The ruling pertains to six different trademarks associated with the team, each containing the word “Redskin.”


    “We are extraordinarily gratified to have prevailed in this case,” Alfred Putnam Jr., the chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath, said. “The dedication and professionalism of our attorneys and the determination of our clients have resulted in a milestone victory that will serve as an historic precedent.”


    I wonder if this will cause a snowball effect and we could see multiple teams with name changes. Also what team names are allowed?? What about terms like "the fighting Irish" or what about pirates?? Could real pirates get mad about a team not accurately representing them?? Although I will say that using the term "redskins" is pretty fucking racist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bneterasedmynam View Post
    I wonder if this will cause a snowball effect and we could see multiple teams with name changes. Also what team names are allowed?? What about terms like "the fighting Irish" or what about pirates?? Could real pirates get mad about a team not accurately representing them?? Although I will say that using the term "redskins" is pretty fucking racist.
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...-chinamen-cap/

    this had the opposite effect in that every ny jew and chinese person from SF who i know actually wanted one of these hats.

    to be serious for a moment (well i would seriously rock that ny jews hat, but i digress) this has been long overdue.
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    So I can now legally sell Red Skins stuff without violating copy right law?
    Awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    So I can now legally sell Red Skins stuff without violating copy right law?
    Awesome!
    Not yet. The trademark is still in effect as the whole things goes through the inevitably decades-long appeals process.

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    So basically it's going to be easier and cheaper to buy Redskins swag? Big win! I imagine with NFL profit sharing laws the team will be pressured to register a new name in the next few years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ming Loyalist View Post
    o be serious for a moment (well i would seriously rock that ny jews hat, but i digress) this has been long overdue.
    Signed. If "skins" were preceded by any other color, the name would have been dumped decades ago.

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    The all blacks?

    And then I did a hunt around. There is a few.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...genous_peoples
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    Whitsunday Martial Arts Airlie Beach North Queensland.
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    I sure hope they are.

    Where's Vieux Normand at? I know he's with me on this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Middlefinger View Post
    it just doesn't work as well if you're the group that has been oppressing everyone else.
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