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“Drove my Chevy to the levee…”? That’s a lawsuit. “Pass the Courvoisier”? Yup. Lawsuit too. Artwork using Barbie Dolls? Lawsuit again… It’s all part of the Trademark Dilution Revision Act, which would eliminate the non-commercial “fair use” protections of trademarks in art, literature, and speech– To amend the Trademark Act of 1946 with respect to dilution by blurring or tarnishment. It goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the 16th, and there’s a large roster of groups fighting it, including the American Library Association, EFF, and more, saying that consumers as well as artists would be preventing from exercising their free speech rights unless it’s amended.
what they seem to be doing here, they being representatives of corporate interests, is removing certain elements of free speech in relation to trademark, such as satire, humor, or anything that maligns or dilutes a trademark….. almost everything is a trademark anymore….