South Park on Trademark Law

washington redskins logoWe mentioned it earlier: sometimes a trademark turns out to be a bit unfortunate. American Football Club the Washington Redskins are targeted by a cancellation action against their trademark “Redskin”. The owner has stated firmly, he will never change the name.

Are you having a little trouble understanding this trademark case? No worries, Cartman, from the hit series South Park will explain it to you in the movie clip below.

The plot teases NFL team owner Dan Snyder for his insistence that the name isn’t offensive: “In the name of decency, I’m asking you to stop using the name Washington Redskins to refer to your company,” the cartoon version of the owner says. “You have no right to use our name to get attention.”

Cartman replies by telling Snyder that, because the Redskins trademark has been cancelled, the football team can’t do anything to stop him.

It is not really and legally true, but it is funny though!

Source: Wall Street Journal

Copyright movie clip: © Comedy Central / Trey Parker, Matt Stone

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