FBI claims no one may publish its seal

By Tim Quax on 03 august 2010

The FBI ordered wikipedia to remove the FBI seal from the wiki article about the bureau. It threatened to litigate. Unfortunately for the FBI, the law they cited is the one that forbids making counterfeit logos. As you might expect, Wikimedia's lawyers mocked them in their response.

John Schwartz in the New York Times:fbi

"Many sites, including the online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica, display the seal. Other organizations might simply back down. But Wikipedia sent back a politely feisty response, stating that the bureau's lawyers had misquoted the law. 'While we appreciate your desire to revise the statute to reflect your expansive vision of it, the fact is that we must work with the actual language of the statute, not the aspirational version' that the F.B.I. had provided."

It's beyond me why the FBI would do something like that, tweaking the law and everything. They must know they'll be ridiculed for it.


Totally Not ByteMods on Tuesday 03-08-2010

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