Etsy sellers are no longer able to sell any products with the name or the logo of the Washington Redskins. Racial justice blog Colorlines has more details about Etsy's policy update, which follows a decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the team's trademarks. Etsy explains:
Like the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, we at Etsy find the opinion of the minority group itself to carry most weight in determining whether the mascot is disparaging. In no uncertain terms, Native American groups have consistently advocated and litigated that the term "redskin(s)" is disparaging and damaging to Native Americans. Therefore, it will no longer be permitted in our marketplace.Sellers on Etsy will be able to sell items that use the team's colors and mention Washington, DC, as long as they don't include the team name or logo.
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