Media Fail: Is Anonymous Helping Time Warner’s Bottom Line?

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Way more positive social action than feeding their machine, but an interesting shot at activism from Nick Bilton in the NY Times:

Anonymous, the hacker group, has jostled with the Iranian government and the Church of Scientology and has briefly shut down the Web sites of Visa, MasterCard and other global corporations.

When members appear in public to protest censorship and what they view as corruption, they don a plastic mask of Guy Fawkes, the 17th-century Englishman who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

Stark white, with blushed pink cheeks, a wide grin and a thin black mustache and goatee, the mask resonates with the hackers because it was worn by a rogue anarchist challenging an authoritarian government in “V for Vendetta,” the movie produced in 2006 by Warner Brothers.

What few people seem to know, though, is that Time Warner, one of the largest media companies in the world and parent of Warner Brothers, owns the rights to the image and is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask.

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  • Wanooski

    They should just make paper masks and print/cut them out. F$%k you time warner!

  • Anarchy Pony

    They should just make paper masks and print/cut them out. F$%k you time warner!

  • Anonymous

    Black balaclavas with a corncob pipe has never hurt anyone. But the EZLN have never had a nice, high budget Hollywood blockbuster starring Natalie Portman.

  • Redacted

    Black balaclavas with a corncob pipe has never hurt anyone. But the EZLN have never had a nice, high budget Hollywood blockbuster starring Natalie Portman.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Something tells me people wouldn’t get away with walking around dressed as Commandante Marcos.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Wait, sub-commandante Marcos. 

  • Wanooski

    Something tells me people wouldn’t get away with walking around dressed as Commandante Marcos.

  • Wanooski

    Wait, sub-commandante Marcos. 

  • Anonymous

    What nonsense. Does he honestly think ‘the hacker group Anonymous’ are the same as the mobs of Anons wearing masks at protests?

  • dumbsaint

    What nonsense. Does he honestly think ‘the hacker group Anonymous’ are the same as the mobs of Anons wearing masks at protests?

    • http://profiles.google.com/christophkoch93 Chris Koch

      In any case, Anonymous doesn’t mind paying for a physical product.  They’re more concerned with paying exorbitant prices for digital media, which can be copied an infinite number of times at almost no cost.

    • quartz99

      Apparently, he does.  Or rather, apparently he’d like his readers to think so. Conflate them a few times and then police can start arresting protesters wearing the masks and claim they’re arresting members of Anonymous? I dunno. I want to say that’s quite a stretch but I’ve seen greater stretches that were true so maybe.

      Or maybe he’s just an idiot.

      Here’s a link to the non-members-only version of the story:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/technology/masked-anonymous-protesters-aid-time-warners-profits.html

  • Apostle of Crom

    This article gives the impression that Chinese manufacturers give a fk about TW’s copyright. If even one mask in every hundred produced resulted in a royalty payment to the creeps I would quite surprised.  

  • Apostle of Crom

    This article gives the impression that Chinese manufacturers give a fk about TW’s copyright. If even one mask in every hundred produced resulted in a royalty payment to the creeps I would quite surprised.  

  • Dr K

    And David Ike is propping up Godzilla sales.

  • DrDavidKelly

    And David Ike is propping up Godzilla sales.

  • http://profiles.google.com/christophkoch93 Chris Koch

    In any case, Anonymous doesn’t mind paying for a physical product.  They’re more concerned with paying exorbitant prices for digital media, which can be copied an infinite number of times at almost no cost.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently, he does.  Or rather, apparently he’d like his readers to think so. Conflate them a few times and then police can start arresting protesters wearing the masks and claim they’re arresting members of Anonymous? I dunno. I want to say that’s quite a stretch but I’ve seen greater stretches that were true so maybe.

    Or maybe he’s just an idiot.

    Here’s a link to the non-members-only version of the story:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/technology/masked-anonymous-protesters-aid-time-warners-profits.html

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Damn, I’d hate to think I’m somehow supporting the NHL.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Damn, I’d hate to think I’m somehow supporting the NHL.

  • Fondu311

    I’m sure anonymous does not pay for these masks. I’d bet they have the resources to make them on their own. Too smart to buy something sold by a company they protest

  • Fondu311

    I’m sure anonymous does not pay for these masks. I’d bet they have the resources to make them on their own. Too smart to buy something sold by a company they protest

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    Even if this logic did make sense, it’d simply encourage these kids to go steal the masks.

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    Even if this logic did make sense, it’d simply encourage these kids to go steal the masks.

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