“UnicodeEncodeError: ‘ascii’ codec can’t encode character”

You’re trying to convert unicode to ascii in “strict” mode:

>>> help(str.encode)
Help on method_descriptor:

    S.encode([encoding[,errors]]) -> object

    Encodes S using the codec registered for encoding. encoding defaults
    to the default encoding. errors may be given to set a different error
    handling scheme. Default is 'strict' meaning that encoding errors raise
    a UnicodeEncodeError. Other possible values are 'ignore', 'replace' and
    'xmlcharrefreplace' as well as any other name registered with
    codecs.register_error that is able to handle UnicodeEncodeErrors.

You probably want something like one of the following:

s = u'Protection™'

print s.encode('ascii', 'ignore')    # removes the ™
print s.encode('ascii', 'replace')   # replaces with ?
print s.encode('ascii','xmlcharrefreplace') # turn into xml entities
print s.encode('ascii', 'strict')    # throw UnicodeEncodeErrors

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