SGIA Journal Features FASI Article on the Reed v. Gilbert Aftermath

Wade Swormstedt, the Executive Director for FASI, wrote an article for the SGIA Journal’s January/February 2017 issue entitled “Content Neutrality and Signs: The Reed v. Gilbert decision and the aftermath.” Although the actual article is only available online to subscribers, the basic copy is presented here. On June 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of the […]

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American Sign Museum Opens in Cincinnati

Signs are informative. Signs are necessary. And, signs are a form of art. Much like other art forms, signs can be dazzling, pretty, humorous, evocative, friendly, trendy, and mood setting. Signs can even be harsh or rude, depending on the intended message. Art production, a creative endeavor, combines imagination with reproduction skills. So does the […]

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Street Graphics

The following article was written in 2005. In 1971, the American Planning Assn. (APA) began distributing a book by Daniel Mandelker and William Ewald entitled Street Graphics and the Law. That book recommended the uncompensated taking of signs and control of a sign’s design, message and aesthetics. While the sign industry was making great strides […]

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Another Perspective on Blockbuster Video and the Lanham Act

Here’s a reminder that landlords are not subject to the Lanham Act The following article originally appeared in the November 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Robert M. Aran, Esq. and Jeffrey L. Aran, Esq. For the landmark Blockbuster Videocase, Bob and Jeff Aran each submitted amici curiae (friend of the court) […]

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The Economic Worth of On-Premise Signs, Part II

Appraising techniques can isolate the cause-and-effect value of on-premise signs to merchants This article originally appeared in the October 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus and Richard M. Bass Last month, the authors discussed the First Amendment protect ion that signs (as commercial speech) enjoy. In addition, they […]

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The Economic Worth of On-Premise Signs, Part I

The value of on-premise signs is best determined by advertising criteria The following article originally appeared in the September 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus and Richard M. Bass “Business signage has worth far beyond its cost of production and placement. This worth can be determined through empirically […]

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Illegally Disguising Taxes as Sign-Permit Fees in Texas

Supreme Court Decision Costs Houston More than $2 million The following article originally appeared in the July 1995 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Richard Rothfelder On August 26, 1992, A Texas judge held that the City of Houston was unconstitutionally assessing the off-premise sign industry with excessive permit fees. The judgment in Harris […]

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When Your On-Premise Sign is Only Visible from One Direction

The following article originally appeared in the April 1992 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Bill Collins A landmark argument, carefully crafted to show signage’s benefit to a community, has successfully been made in its first attempt. Not only will Germantown, TN, allow Pier 1 Imports to erect a second sign that’s visible […]

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