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the U. S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that this guy can have his trademark which we want to say aloud Los Angeles artist and designer Eric Brunetti created a fashion line named well spelled F. U. C. T. but the US patent and trademark office denied him a trademark citing a law from nineteen oh five bending immoral and a scandalous words and symbols and brands Brunetti sued saying that law constrain his constitutional rights to free expression the trump administration pushed back arguing that ditching the law would invite a flood of profane trademarks but on Monday the justices struck down the law saying it violated the first amendment justice Elena Kagan wrote the opinion joined by repeaters Ginsberg Clarence Thomas Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh Samuel Alito a staunch conservative wrote in a separate concurring opinion that Congress could decide to ban explicitly foul language from trade marks but that setting the bar and immoral or scandalous words was too high the Chief Justice John Roberts also had his own opinion disagree with the majority on one key point the government was not stopping Brunetti from selling shirts and hats with four letter words Roberts said the law denied him a trademark not his first amendment rights Brittany prevailed and on Monday his brands website displayed this message which includes a trademark symbol the statement is also available on a tee shirt