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[liberationtech] Snowden masks for Holloween?

Shava Nerad shava23 at
Mon Sep 2 14:44:41 PDT 2013

Wouldn't there be a licensing issue?  It's a hard argument that he has no
right to the commercial exploitation of his likeness on the basis of being
a fugitive whistleblower,  and I doubt anyone is authorized as an agent to
grant that license on his behalf.

We have these privacy laws about just using people's images without
permission.  They are a bit like copyright, but say you can't exploit the
subject matter without permission,  for profit,  with a few exceptions.
(Face not recognizable,  press reports on "public figures, " release form
signed,… ).

CSJ ethics guidelines and EFF's bloggers' guides and Berkman's guide for
media creators have good outlines for US law on this stuff.

Also my union has a nice guide,  the National Writer's Union (AFL-CIO)
which I only mention because it's behind a paywall -- and also to explain
that since it's May Day… er...Labor Day here in the states, I am lazily
quoting all this off the top of my head and making you verify and look up
the links.  I am on holiday. ;)

On Sep 2, 2013 5:00 AM, "Paul Elliott" <pelliott at> wrote:

> Is it not funny, no one seems to be commercially oftering Snowden
> masks for this Holloween.
> I looked on Amazon and google and nothing on the first page of
> a cursory search.
> You would think it would be a top seller.
> Is presure being applied?
> Please tell me if you are aware of a source.
> Thank You.
> --
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> security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways
> around it." Edward Snowden
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