TRADE MARKS VERSUS FREE SPEECH
"EVERYBODY, CHILL" says US judge.
March saw another setback for trademark attorneys in their campaign to take over the world. The United States supreme court confirmed a lower court ruling that the US First Amendment – which governs freedom of speech – trumps trademark law when an artistic work uses a trademark to poke fun at the product it identifies.
The dispute in question has remarkable similarities to the case reported in noseweek in which Justin Nurse and his Laugh It Off T-shirts mocked the ads of various South African corporations.