Lego tells California police department to stop using minifig heads to obscure suspects' faces

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2024/03/25/lego-tells-california-police-department-to-stop-using-minifig-heads-to-obscure-suspects-faces.html

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They should obviously have been using Disney characters.

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I was thinking the old Fisher-Price “little people.”

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::head desk::

You’d think they would have thought to ask permission first before using someone else’s IP?

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No comment.

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How about not putting pictures of arrestees on social media at all?

Something like this would be unthinkable in most countries, obscured faces or not

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Or you could just put a black circle over the face. The use of any ‘character’ image like Disney or Lego facilitates making editorial decisions during the editorial process. Even if the choice is random, it’s better there be no choice at all, since viewers make their own interpretations.

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