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Hackers line Time Warner’s pockets

The entertainment company collects a licensing fee for each Guy Fawkes mask sold.

Anonymous, a group of anti-corporate “hacktivists,” may be unhappy to learn that its members are padding the bottom line of one of the world’s largest media companies, said Nick Bilton in The New York Times. Members of Anonymous often protest wearing masks of Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up Britain’s Houses of Parliament in 1605. The mask, with “a wide grin and a thin black mustache and goatee,” was made famous as the face of the anarchist hero in the 2006 Warner Bros. movie V for Vendetta. Time Warner collects a licensing fee on every mask sold. The Fawkes mask is the No. 1 selling mask on Amazon.com, and one New York costume company reports selling 100,000 copies per year. “You can get a mask and join the fight, too!” an Anonymous protester told a reporter recently. “But I heard the costume store is sold out until Friday.”

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