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Should You Have To Get Permission To Make An American Flag?

This week, U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Ted Poe introduced H.R. 3713, a bill that would allow the U.S. federal government to place trademark registration protections on the American flag.

If the government claimed ownership over the trademark rights to the flag, they could require permission, and perhaps the payment of a fee, for anyone wanting to make an American flag. They could also stop people from creating anything with an image of the flag. Coffee mugs, tshirts, jigsaw puzzles, and the like could not contain an image of the American flag, unless the manufacturer came to a deal with the federal government.

Is that a good idea? Something in my mind nags me that this new legislation creates the potential for excessive restriction, but I can’t put my finger on it. What are the issues involved?

4 thoughts on “Should You Have To Get Permission To Make An American Flag?”

  1. Bill says:

    Nice to see that the mental giants of the majority party in the House continue to maintain their laser-like focus on delivering real solutions to the fundamental problems facing our country today, such as the curse of flag-themed Speedos.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Hakeem Jeffries is a Democrat, Bill. The Democrats are teaming up with the Republicans on this.

  2. Bill says:

    Oh, Hakeem…right, shoulda caught that. Well then it’s doubly great to see bipartisan cooperation in tackling the hard issues that are tearing our civilization apart, like red, white and blue Solo cups.

  3. John Lewis Mealer says:

    I wonder how many people will place that trademark in queue BEFORE the bill is voted on.

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