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Talk the Talk: Trademarks and Slurs (featuring Simon Tam)

Wednesday 26th July / presented by Kylie Sturgess Daniel Midgley Ben Ainslie

Freedom of expression is again in the news.

Simon Tam has won his case before the US Supreme Court, allowing him to trademark the name of his all-Asian rock band, the Slants. But this ruling opens the door to people who want to trademark other offensive names — or hold on to existing ones. Is that okay? How do we distinguish between reclamation and vilification?

Linguist Daniel Midgley talks it over with Simon Tam on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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