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    Posted: Nov 04 2013 at 9:31pm

Big Brother loses his sense of humor: NSA orders satirical T-shirt maker to cease and desist

  • The clever shirts were inspired by the Edward Snowden revelations about the NSA's domestic spying
  • The spy agency quickly sent him a cease and desist letter, on grounds of intellectual property infringement
  • Dan McCann is fighting back, suing the spooks for violating his First Amendment rights

By Ryan Gorman

PUBLISHED: 21:39 GMT, 4 November 2013 | UPDATED: 00:27 GMT, 5 November 2013

A Minnesota gnraphic designer who made fun of the NSA has found himself in a legal battle with the agency which is trying to ban his creation.  

Drawing inspiration from the revelations made this year by Edward Snowden, Dan McCall, 38, of Sauk Rapids, created a humorous T-shirt poking fun at the agency’s domestic spying programs, causing the spooks to send him a cease and desist letter.

‘When I got finished I thought, this is pretty good – I thought it was fun,’ the NSA disagreed, forcing the shirts off the market – now Mr McCall is fighting back, according to WCCO.

Peeping while youre sleeping: This t-shirt drew the ire of NSA lawyers, who called it copyright infringement

'Peeping while you're sleeping': This T-shirt drew the ire of NSA lawyers, who called it copyright infringement

Pick a size, any size: The shirts are a classic parody, McCall argues

Pick a size, any size: The shirts are a classic parody, McCall argues

The funnyman first took the circular NSA logo and emblazoned ‘peeping while you’re sleeping’ across the bottom half.

He then put the phrase ‘The only part of government that actually listens’ directly under the parodied seal and started making T-shirts.

The spy agency soon caught wind of the shirts and brought an end to the fun.

Calling it a violation of their intellectual property rights, the NSA’s cease and desist letter ordered him to immediately stop selling the shirts.

Its a classic parody: Dan McCall, the graphic artist behind the shirt, says he is parodying the government - which is protected under the First Amendment

It's a classic parody: Dan McCall, the graphic artist behind the shirt, says he is parodying the government - which is protected under the First Amendment

Can you hear me now?: Spooks arent fond of Mr McCalls spoofing of their spying

Can you hear me now?: Spooks aren't fond of Mr McCall's spoofing of their spying

Fighting bacl: Mr McCall is suing the spy agency for infringing on his right to freedom of speech

Fighting bacl: Mr McCall is suing the spy agency for infringing on his right to freedom of speech

Mr McCall disagrees.

‘Because when you’re pointing straight at an organization or making fun at it, turning it on itself, that is classic parody,’ he told told the station.

Saying that he doesn’t want his children to grow up in a country where you can’t poke fun at the government, Mr McCall told WCCO that his First Amendment rights are being violated.

 

The satirist-turned-activist has teamed up with Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, to sue the NSA for the right to sell his shirts.

'It’s bad enough that these agencies have us under constant surveillance; forbidding citizens from criticizing them is beyond the pale,' lawyer Paul Alan Levy said in an online statement.

It’s vital ‘that we clarify whether or not these types of laws are consistent with the rights as Americans under the First Amendment,’ he told the station.

A message left for comment with Public Citizen has not yet been returned.

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moody or jamcaygirl?
bhm, what in the matrix hell is going on?
and i like the shirt
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I'd wear one.
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What the hell?

How I get involved in this?



Hey brown.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brownsugar1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 04 2013 at 10:10pm
lol...
its fixed now
hey moody
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I'm assuming the issue is with the use of the NSA logo

they can argue they don't want to give the message that they sanctioned/approved this Tshirt

or making light of an issue that has many people, worldwide, very angry


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