Link Roundup – April 17, 2019

Profanities Prohibition in the Lanham Act: A Violation of the First Amendment? On Monday, April 15, 2019, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case Iancu v. Brunetti, in which Los Angeles clothing designer Erik Brunetti is challenging the denial of his trademark application for the mark “FUCT.” The issue being argued is whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which prohibits the registration of “immoral, deceptive, or scandalous” marks, is violative of the Continue Reading →

How Secure is Your Messenger and Is Encryption Enough?

Early in 2018, Facebook confirmed that the company scans chats from their messenger app with the alleged aim to scan for malware and other elicit content. Microsoft also watches over what you are saying and, pursuant to its Microsoft Services Agreement, can close your accounts if you use profane language on its platforms or share illicit content through its services. Companies such as Facebook and Microsoft that practice such email/messenger scanning have leveraged this power Continue Reading →