2011 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 946. Crimes against government and its administration.
946.06 Improper use of the flag.


946.06 Improper use of the flag.


(1) Whoever intentionally does any of the following is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor:


(a) Places on or attaches to the flag any word, mark, design, or advertisement not properly a part of such flag; or


(b) Exposes to public view a flag upon which has been placed or attached a word, mark, design, or advertisement not properly a part of such flag; or


(c) Manufactures or exposes to public view an article of merchandise or a wrapper or receptacle for merchandise upon which the flag is depicted; or


(d) Uses the flag for commercial advertising purposes.


(2) This section does not apply to flags depicted on written or printed documents or periodicals or on stationery, ornaments, pictures, or jewelry, provided there are no unauthorized words or designs on such flag and provided the flag is not connected with any advertisement.


(3) In this section "flag" means anything that is or purports to be the Stars and Stripes, the United States shield, the United States coat of arms, the Wisconsin state flag, or a copy, picture, or representation of any of them.

946.06 - ANNOT.

History: 1977 c. 173; 2003 a. 243.

946.06 - ANNOT.

A flag misuse statute was unconstitutional as applied to a flag hung upside down with a peace symbol affixed. The context imbued the display with protected elements of communication. Spence v. State of Washington, 418 U.S. 405 (1974).

946.06 - ANNOT.

The Washington flag desecration statute held unconstitutional in Spence, when applied to a mere display of an altered flag in the absence of a disturbance of the peace, was identical in all essential ways to this section. Koser v. County of Price, 834 F. Supp. 305 (1993).

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