In the Capitalist system, people’s images can become a commercial commodity with relative ease. Most of these images are trademarked by the company utilizing them to prevent unauthorized or improper use excepting parodies covered by the first amendment. However, what happens when the figures being used are not the product of an advertising think tank, but historical figures who are a part of the shared heritage of the nation? Consider the following advertisement:

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but find the image of deceased American presidents dancing in order to sell furniture insulting. What do you think? Should there be regulations or trademarks in place to protect the dignity of our founding fathers and other historical figures, or would steps of that nature taken either by the government or private historical groups end up restricting free speech? Sound off in the comments!

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