18 January, 2017 22:24


An Asian-American band is suing the patent office for the right to trademark the name for the bank: the Slants.

They argue that they want to take a pejorative to make it a positive.

It has caused a comedy in the Supreme Court arguments in my view.

Heck, what did we do with the words “redneck” and “gringo”. I always introduced myself down south as a gringo. The most famous expat blogger in Honduras goes by “lagringasblogicito” (The Gringa’s Little Blog).

Ay! Goes to show, all those “intellectual property” laws are just totally one hundred percent arbitrary. There is no red line that separates how much copying is “theft”, and new patents incorporate elements from other patents all the time.


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