Yep! We're playing at the Viper Room on September 7
Thanks alot you dipshits. Now I'm going to have to hear fucking white people walking around pretending to about nigger energy drinks when they are really making fun of people. You should have copyrighted FUCKING ASSHOLES because that's what you are!
Hi, we appreciate you writing in response to the misleading news story about the new trademark registrations. What they fail to report is that almost all of the applications are from people reclaiming the term and using it in a re-appropriated manner. That being said, we know that people don't need energy drinks or products to be racist (just as people don't need trademarks to create products). However, as we often say, the cure for hate speech isn't censorship. It's better and more nuanced speech. More importantly, it's allowing marginalized communities to be empowered to speak for themselves, not have some random government office doing it on our behalfs (and incorrectly to boot).
Same here , saw on The Daily Show - do this , have a band of other ethnicity apply for the Name and get it .
Then they sell it (the Rights) to you guys for $1.00 .
Just an idea guys & good luck ,
We have definitely thought about it! However, we wanted to win on principle. But that also shows the big loophole and flaw in the current system, one of the reasons why context wouldn't work in the law: people can transfer trademark rights
I just saw the Daily Show segment about the trademark thing - crazy! Before we learned it turned out ok, I was going to offer that if it's ok for a non Asian American band to register the name, I'd do that (Scottish American - that should work, right?) and then sell you the trademark for like a beer. Plan for next time?
We've definitely thought about that before, but wanted to win on the right grounds - and that meant taking down an obscure, racist law!
Awesome! Congratulations on defeating the jerks at the government-we-know-best US patent office! Huge act for a band I know nothing about but heard the news and just have to say you TRUMPED their dumb asses! YOU ROCK! Good for you and All Americans! Government of, for, and by THE PEOPLE! NOT a Government of, for, and by the GOVERNMENT!
Thank you! We hope that people remember the government only has whatever power we give them!
I believe bringing attention to the shape of Asian eyes, also brings attention to the fact that aside from skin color, the shape of ones eyes makes East Asians the target of racism and discrimination. Yet oddly we hardly ever hear it mentioned, not from the media, politicians, etc. It is another form of Asian Exclusion. It also excludes East Asians protection from hate crimes, or seen as victims of hate crimes. Thus I have to wonder about the real motivation behind big government preventing you the protection of trade-marking your group's name "The Slants". Just saying.
While it's true - the government & its many departments don't deaggregate data so they lump all APIs together regardless of their individual experiences - I don't think they're sophisticated or smart enough to really enact policy that falls along those lines