NSA, DHS Admit It's Legal to Mock ThemSubmitted by PaulFanDC on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 15:18
It’s legal to parody the logos of the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, the government conceded in a settlement agreement announced Tuesday.
The agreement ends a lawsuit filed on behalf of Dan McCall, a graphic designer whose work was removed from the online marketplace Zazzle.com in 2011 after the agencies sent cease and desist orders that alleged his mugs and T-shirts violated trademark law.
“You would expect that at a government agency there would be a grown-up looking on to make sure stupid letters like these weren’t going out,” says Public Citizen Litigation Group attorney Paul Levy, who represented McCall. “Obviously in this case there was no grown-up.”