Who Owns the Rights to the Name of a State?

Kentucky_schildA legal battle over the rights to “Kentucky”.  Story here.
(image: Kentucky)

One response to “Who Owns the Rights to the Name of a State?

  1. The University’s position is patently absurd, and their claim that they are immune from lawsuits is a cloak for authoritarianism that I hope will be shot down by the American Supreme Court. Names can be “owned” if they are made up by a private firm to designate some special product (e.g., car names such as the “Mazda Miata”); but the University of Kentucky is a state institution. No state, including “sovereign” nations, should be immune from lawsuits by offended citizens, who have no other way to defend their rights.

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