TRADEMARK DILUTION REVISION ACT OF 2006 -- (Extensions of Remarks - September 29, 2006)
SPEECH OF HON. LAMAR S. SMITH OF TEXAS
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2006
* Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, the fair use exception is of great Importance to ensure that the threat of dilution claims does not chill the exercise of free speech, particularly in expressive works of authorship.
* Parody, criticism, and commentary are familiar and important examples of fair use.
* Another common example is the appearance of trademarks when products are used in motion pictures as props, ``set dressing,'' and the like.
* I also want to clarify that nothing in H.R. 683 is intended to amend, change, or disturb the fair-use defenses available in a claim of trademark infringement under Section 43 or other applicable sections of the Lanham Act.