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[liberationtech] Snowden masks for Holloween?

Travis McCrea me at travismccrea.com
Mon Sep 2 22:01:45 PDT 2013


I actually disagree... his ownership of his likeness is minimal. He is a
public figure and as such anyone who wanted to make a mask would be pretty
free to do so. I am not saying someone should go out and do it, and if you
do and get sued don't come after me... but if I had the resources available
and I thought this could make some money I would do it.

Travis McCrea
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On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 12:01 AM, Shava Nerad <shava23 at gmail.com> wrote:

> No one elected him and he may have volunteered for the spotlight but not
> in the same way that some one does when they campaign for office.  Even
> movie stars have a right to their visages.  Where you could say that a sign
> "We are all Snowden" is political speech,  citizen Snowden also has rights
> to privacy and dignity,  and commercial rights that he does not abandon by
> being a well-knnown whistleblower, any more than say Rush Limbaugh would by
> being a well-known radio personality.  Just see how fast the lawyers would
> be layered on top of you if you tried to make Rush masks for Halloween
> without licensing on the basis of him being a public figure -- and he's
> been part of our cultural landscape far longer.  Scarier,  too. ;)
>
> SN
> On Sep 2, 2013 7:43 PM, "Paul Elliott" <pelliott at blackpatchpanel.com>
> wrote:
>
>> On Mon, Sep 02, 2013 at 05:44:41PM -0400, Shava Nerad wrote:
>> > 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. ;)
>> >
>>
>> Is not Snowden a public figure? I am sure bush and obama did
>> not approve all the bush and obama masks?
>>
>> --
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>>
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