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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?

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