The Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency threatened to sue a novelty store owner who sells “Department of Homeland Stupidity” coffee cups and T-shirts with the slogan: “The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens.”
In response, Dan McCall sued the NSA and DHS on constitutional grounds, in Federal Court.
McCall operates the website LibertyManiacs.com. He has (nonparty) Zazzle.com -which prints images provided by customers onto products – print his images onto the items he sells.
McCall has a “virtual storefront” on the Zazzle website, and his own website redirects traffic to Zazzle “so that people wishing to express their own opinions by purchasing and displaying these items may easily do so,” McCall says in the complaint.
But in 2011, the DHS and NSA sent a cease-and-desist order to Zazzle, claiming that McCall’s parody images violated laws against the use, mutilation, alteration or impersonation of government…
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