Immigration and Customs Enforcement thinks that disparaging a trademark is infringing on the trademark. I think that’s absurd. I am not an intellectual property lawyer, but the proposition doesn’t make sense. Rebecca Tushnet is a professor of intellectual property, and she agrees ICE is wrong.
I attended the University of Texas at Austin, both for undergraduate school and law school. UT’s logo is:
UT’s traditional rival is Texas A&M University. Students there are known as Aggies. Aggies traditionally portray the UT logo as follows:
The altered logo is often accompanied by a bible verse calling for sawing off the horns of the wicked.
I don’t generally defend Aggies, but it would be ridiculous for UT to claim the altered image is an infringement. The image is just part of the rivalry between the two schools.