Anonymous attempts to debrand themselves from the Guy Fawkes mask
Anonymous, the collective group of hackers or “hacktivists” is trying to start a new movement, but this time for their own brand. Anonymous is well known to brand themselves with the Guy Fawkes mask, made famous by the character on V for Vendetta which represents anonymity and their moniker of Anonymous.
In a message from the group Anonymous, it says “every time someone buys a Guy Fawkes mask, part of the proceeds pay for licensing from Warner Brothers, a subsidiary of Time Warner, one of the largest corporations in the world.”
Nick Bilton, a columnist with the NY Times says that Warner Brothers owns the rights to the image and is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask. This clearly doesn’t jibe with the movement Anonymous strives to achieve in part against their general hatred for big media organizations and corporate greed.
Some other big media names Anonymous is known to go after are Sony, Visa, IMF World Bank, affiliates of the Egyptian Govt and are even gunning for Facebook later this year with Operation Facebook.