"During public protests and appearances, members of the group wear masks of 17th century Englishman Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
It is the same mask worn by an anarchist challenging an authoritarian regime in V for Vendetta, the 2006 movie from TW’s Warner Bros. studio. Since TW owns the rights to the image, it is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask, the Times said."
The article quotes a spokesman from NY's Rubie's Costume, who says that they sell about 100,000 of the licensed "V" masks a year.
Oh, *Capitalism* -- you always find a way!