A small business owner and T-shirt maker who had his products forced off of internet marketplaces by the National Security Agency has WON his fight against the agency.
Dan McCall is the owner of Liberty Maniacs which is a T-shirt company based out of Minnesota. We were the very first to tell you about McCall and his fight with the NSA last August when we featured him during one of our Truth in Media episodes.
You can watch the episode here to get you up to speed.
This week a major victory for McCall and all those who believe in rule of law.
The NSA has backed off its claim that McCall’s T-shirt “The NSA” had infringed on their intellectual property rights. As Ben showed you, the NSA’s claim violated the law because what McCall had done with his shirt was protected speech under the guidelines of being a “parody.” Shortly after the NSA began getting McCall’s shirts pulled from online marketplaces like Zazzle.com, DHS or the Department of Homeland Security began doing the same thing, claiming that T-shirts that mocked their agency were also infringing on intellectual property.
In the video below, Ben Swann talks with Dan McCall via Skype.
“When we finally filed, I was like, ‘Wow, this is real now, you know?” says McCall. “I’m actually suing the DHS and the NSA and they only have an army of lawyers and everything else.”
McCall’s lawsuit appears to have been well worth it. McCall’s lawyer recently contacted him saying that both agencies wanted to settle. This is a huge victory for those who believe in Liberty and are taking a stand against federal agencies that are bullying the public. McCall says to be able to force the NSA and DHS to contact online marketplaces and admit that they were wrong to try to force his products off the marketplaces and that McCall does in fact have every right to create his parody shirts.
During the interview with McCall, Swann says “There has never been a time as far as I can tell, any question that you were in the right. There was no question that they were in the wrong. What is important here is, that doesn’t matter anymore in our current system of government. It doesn’t matter if they are right or wrong, it matters if they are able to muscle you into submission and in your case they weren’t able to. I think that’s a victory for a whole lot of people.”
McCall: “I think that’s right. Would any of this have happened if (the story) had not come out and the light had not been shined on this issue? Of course not. It would have been swept under the rug, they would have strong armed. Obviously they felt content to do so until enough stories came out and enough people were mad and we filed the suit and then they said, ‘Ok’, and they backed down.”Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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