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Free Speech Squabble Pits T-shirt Designers Against Companies, Government

A series of legal cases is pitting some T-shirt designers against large government agencies and a major tobacco company in squabbles over free speech and intellectual property rights. At issue are messages on these shirts that are critical of the policies or products of companies or other powerful groups. In the most recent case, a tobacco company says a highly critical parody of its brand name violates laws protecting its trademark. The image printed on the shirt closely mimics the...

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