Shitty Trademarks

June 26, 2019 by Gabe | [mmd] |

The Supreme Court has spoken and we can now trademark lots of shit.

What the actual fuck. Vulgar terms absolutely express ideas and one’s “mode of expression” indubitably conveys a message. Like the use of “indubitably” right there suggests I’m trying to look smart. Mode and message are often (maybe always?) intertwined.


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