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Matal v. Tam: Trademark owners defend their speech and the First Amendment — unanimously

Recently, the US Supreme Court decided Matal v. Tam, a case in which Asian musicians challenged an Obama administration attempt to use an old, obscure provision of US trademark law to argue that the US government can lawfully disadvantage any speech that might be deemed “disparaging” by at least a significant minority of the members of any US ethnic, racial, or religious minority. Tam has important, positive implications for both US trademark owners and US media and technology policy.