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A top European court banned the Soviet Union’s famous hammer and sickle from being used as a commercial trademark as it is “a symbol of despotism” in some EU countries.
“The symbols in question would be seen as contrary to public policy and to accepted principles of morality by a substantial section of the relevant public living in the part of the European Union which has been subject to the Soviet regime.”
Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha haha ha. Haha. Heh.
If they’d said refused to grant it trademark status because it’s too well known a symbol, or because it’s been public domain for so long that it’s just not practical, or even because trademarks and IP in general are something which are being abused and were never supposed to be a route to easy money for IP holders and their legal departments, if they’d said any of that I could have respected it. But instead an institution that dictates to EU member states and hands down decisions felt by some to be morally a bit shaky side has knocked back this request because of the Soviet Union’s dictatorial nature and whether using its symbols for business is moral. Motes and beams, boys, motes and beams.
As the saying goes, you couldn’t make it up.