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Should the U.S. Congress Be in the Business of Telling Businesses What They Can Name Themselves?

Recently, Del. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, a Democrat representing American Samoa, has put forth the Non-Disparagement of American Indians in Trademarks Registrations Act of 2013 (to read the full text of the bill and to follow its progress in Congress, click here.). It would ban current and future trademarks that use the term redskins to refer to American Indians. Stripping the trademark protection from the word would cost the National Football League’s Redskins in Washington D.C. considerable sums of money related to its marketing and, the thinking goes, compel a name change.



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