The Slants: Concert & Conversation

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The Slants: Concert & Conversation


Monday, April 24, 2017 - 4:30pm


True Brew Barista - 3 Bicentennial Square, On Oddfellow Ave, Concord, NH 03301

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The UNH Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute, in conjunction with Rock On Foundation and the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, presents:

The Slants is a dance rock band that took the dispute over its trademark registration all the way to the Supreme Court, with oral arguments coming up on January 18. The USPTO initially refused to register the group’s trademark “The Slants” for entertainment services, deeming the mark offensive to Asian-Americans in violation of a federal prohibition barring the registration of disparaging marks. The Slants’ founder Simon Tam disagreed, asserting that “Slants” has a number of different meanings and that, as members of the group allegedly being disparaged, the band was reclaiming the slur in the manner of groups like NWA and Dykes on Bikes. More broadly, Tam has challenged the Lanham Act’s prohibition on registration of disparaging marks as running afoul of the First Amendment. (The Washington Redskins’ management has made similar arguments in recent litigation—the Redskins and many other sports teams will be affected by the outcome of this case).

If you’re interested in intellectual property, constitutional law, music, speech, appellate litigation, or any combination of those, this event is for you. Come for the conversation and stay for the concert. In the meantime, keep an eye on this case!

The event is free for UNH students, faculty, and staff. It is open to the public. Online registration available via the following link and is limited: