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steve58:
So I guess if the media/"public outrage" can't force the Redskins to change their name, then the gov't can/will step in to force them.


--- Quote ---The U.S. Patent Office has canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans.

In a decision released Wednesday, the office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that "these registrations must be canceled because they [are] disparaging to Native Americans."

The Patent Office said it will continue to treat the trademark registrations as though they are valid while the team appeals the decision. The team has two months to do that, and the whole process could take years.
In the meantime, the Redskins can continue to use the logos.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/18/news/companies/patent-office-redskins/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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bayonetbrant:
I wonder if that same wedge could be used to cancel Disney's trademarks on Mickey Mouse for the 1930s-era racism in his very early cartoons.  Or Bugs Bunny or Popeye facing off against the Japanese?

undercovergeek:

--- Quote from: bayonetbrant on June 18, 2014, 11:43:32 AM ---I wonder if that same wedge could be used to cancel Disney's trademarks on Mickey Mouse for the 1930s-era racism in his very early cartoons.  Or Bugs Bunny or Popeye facing off against the Japanese?

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Has someone actually brought the case up or is it do gooders stepping in

We had a few instances over here of the gollywog getting banned, and whilst I'd like to think it was urban myth I think they stopped singing ba ba black sheep in infants schools, there were a few cases recently that involved the Muslim communities to the extent that the spokesmen for them had to come out and say we want you to know the Muslims have nothing to do with this and it eventually turns out to be left wing fool's speaking on their behalf - hence the who started the complaint question

Marty Ward:
I heard Harry Reid say he wouldn't go to another one of their games until they changed their name. I also heard Snyder was thinking of changing the name to the Reidskins. that ought to make everyone happy!

OJsDad:
Does anyone know if Snyder has tried to work out a deal with one of the tribes for naming rights.  Something along the lines of what FSU has with the Seminoles. 

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