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NSA, DHS Admit It's Legal to Mock Them

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.”


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If the shoe fits


On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

Even so, Zazzle is spineless

Even so, Zazzle is spineless when it comes to takedown requests. They collapse like a cheap tent when the subjects of posted satire tell Zazzle the satirists are violating their intellectual property rights, even though works of criticism and satire are clearly SUPPOSED to be protected speech.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Wait a minute....

You mean American citizens have freedom of speech?

/ sarc.

Seriously. Bravo! Bravo for not backing down.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

I prefer to mock them in person :D

I prefer to mock them in person :D

"You only live free if your willing to die free."