WASHINGTON (AP) — The Slants aren't exactly a household name when it comes to music, but the Asian-American rock band has made its mark in the legal world.

The Oregon-based group has spent years locked in a First Amendment battle with the government, which refuses to register a trademark for the band's name because it's considered offensive to Asians.

That fight will play out Wednesday in the nation's highest court as the justices consider whether a law barring disparaging trademarks violates the band's free-speech rights.

The case has drawn attention because it could affect the Washington Redskins in a similar battle to keep the football team's lucrative trademark protection.

The government says it should not be forced to register crude racial slurs, religious insults and profanity as trademarks.

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