(The Register) The NSA and Department of Homeland Security have abandoned efforts to shut down an Internet site selling parodies of its logos on T-shirts, coffee cups and bumper stickers.
Almost three years ago the NSA sent a cease-and-desist letter to online retailer Zazzle claiming that some of its merchandise was illegal under Public Law 86-36 contained in the 1959 National Security Agency Act, which prohibits misuse of the agency's logo. At fault were items designed by the politically themed T-shirt company Liberty Maniacs.
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Maniacs founder and artist Dan McCall had a number of designs on his site for use on clothing, coffee mugs, and bumper stickers that featured the NSA logo with the mottoes "We're peeping when you're sleeping," "Spying on you since 1952," and "The NSA, the only branch of government that actually listens."