SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (WCCO) — When the nation’s top spy agency told him to “cease and desist,” a Sauk Rapids satirical artist told the agency where to go — court.
After a near three-year legal battle, Dan McCall has been given the green light to continue his parodies of federal agencies and their respective emblems.READ MORE: Minnesota Co-Ops To Vote On North Dakota Power Plant Sale, ND Gov. Says It's A 'Huge Sigh Of Relief' For Plant, Communities
The graphic artist first ran into trouble when he began selling T-shirts, coffee mugs and posters with a satirical slogan on the National Security Agency’s logo.
The case quickly snowballed into a test of the first amendment and the rights to alter government images in a satirical manner for commercial purposes.
McCall is a lot more than a talented graphic artist. He’s also a man with a message.
“When we’re laughing about something, we’re really on the same page,” McCall said.