Masks worn by Anonymous members become best sellers

The Anonymous hacker group is known for its symbol of a man wearing a suit with no head (sometimes a question mark hovers above the head). However, members of the group have also appeared in public wearing masks that are similar to ones that are sometimes worn in the UK to celebrate Guy Fawkes, who famously tried to blow up London's House of Parliament in the 17th century. The mask was later used by "V', the fictional character at the center of V for Vendetta, the 1980's comic book from writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd. The comic book was later adapted into a movie by Warner Bros in 2006.

Now the New York Times has posted up an article stating that the image of the mask worn by the Anonymous protestors in public is in fact trademarked and owned by Warner Bros' parent company Time Warner. As a result of Anonymous' increased visibility, sales of the mask have jumped sky high and that means more money in Time Warner's pocket.

The article says that the mask is the highest selling in that category at Amazon.com. A rep for Rubie's Costume, which produces the masks, says it is the best selling mask the company makes with sales of 100,000 units a year. Anonymous members first started wearing the masks in public in 2008 when they protested outside of Scientology buildings. More recently members of the group wore the masks at a San Francisco rapid transit station protest.

Image: Time Warner.

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erm, is it me or wth is the OP on about, guy fawkes masks sometimes worn in the UK to celebrate guy fawkes.......total and utter nonsense! We fire off fireworks on Nov 5th to re-enact his terrorist attempt.......and ata push build a bonfire and put a dummy on the top AKA penny for the guy (fawkes) the mask is V for vendetta plain and simple.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes

Wonderful. So instead of someone dressed up like Ronald Reagen sneaking up behind you and waving around a gun, now were going to have jacka55es dressed up like Anonymous members.
Oh this is going to be a really weird Halloween.

Good for them, This Anonymous stuff is really becoming old news. Let alone not even worth news, but It is a Tech site sooo have at it.

Tom said,
V for Vendetta is one of my favorite movies of all time!

love the movie but i don't like the chick... i know i know most people love natelie portman but i just hate her acting. ruined the movie for me.

KavazovAngel said,

What irony?

I think he means the fact that they are fighting evil corporations but at the same time funding them by buying their masks.

zikalify said,
I think he means the fact that they are fighting evil corporations but at the same time funding them by buying their masks.

Amazon is an Evil Corp :?

But i love buying things from them

Reacon said,
Oh the irony...

Lol...Reminds me of the "Han shot first" tshirts that people bought as a protest to lucas changing that scene, and the tshirts were in fact sold by lucasarts.

Reacon said,
Oh the irony...

Lol...Reminds me of the "Han shot first" tshirts that people bought as a protest to lucas changing that scene, and the tshirts were in fact sold by lucasarts.