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kluang 08-04-2010 06:00 AM

FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot...encyclopedians

Quote:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation keeps close tabs on the image you see over director Robert Mueller's shoulder — the official FBI seal. Which is why it has threatened the online encyclopedia Wikipedia with criminal prosecution if it doesn't remove the image of the seal that it uses to illustrate the FBI's Wikipedia entry.

As the New York Times reported on Tuesday, the FBI's deputy general counsel actually sent a letter to Wikipedia [pdf] late last month demanding that the site take down a high-resolution rendering of the seal "because it facilitates both deliberate and unwitting violations" of federal restrictions on the use of the image. Indeed, it is a federal crime to "manufactur[e], sel[l], or posses[s] any badge, identification card, or other insignia, of the design prescribed by the head of any department or agency of the United States." And according to the FBI's crack legal team, posting an image of the seal as illustration of an encyclopedia entry constitutes manufacturing, selling, or possessing such an insignia. (Maybe they confused Wikipedia with the villainous WikiLeaks?)

[Why is the FBI picking a fight?]

Wikipedia's lawyers clearly had fun with the request [pdf], particularly because the bureau, in citing federal law, conveniently omitted the words "badge" and "identification card," apparently to make it seem like the law simply governed images as opposed to fake credentials. "While we appreciate your desire to revise the statute to reflect your expansive vision of it," the site's lawyers wrote, "the fact is that we must work with the actual language of the statute, not the aspirational version ... that you forwarded to us." The site went on to politely decline the request and indicate it would gladly see the feds in court: "Badges and identification cards are physical manifestations that may be used by a possessor to invoke the authority of the federal government. An encyclopedia article is not."

If the FBI is concerned about the proliferation of digital reproductions of its seal online — which, as a simple Google image search will confirm, is indeed rampant — they might want to stop posting high-resolution images of it all over their website. And if they're concerned about counterfeit badges, they should also stop posting close-up photos for fakers to crib from.
To pick a fight with Wikipedia, FBI must be really bored

Lalalila 08-04-2010 08:19 AM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
LoL... I read about this, what's a big deal about this? even in my country ;/

FuckBI!
http://p4r4d0ks.bblog.pl/i/blog/user...S-FBI-Seal.jpg

stubborn_d0nkey 08-04-2010 08:19 AM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kluang (Post 1857171)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot...encyclopedians



To pick a fight with Wikipedia, FBI must be really bored

To lose a fight with Wikipedia, they must be lame.

-SassyLady- 08-08-2010 02:35 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
LMAO.

Lame and outdated.

KillerNN 08-08-2010 09:35 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
Fuck the FBI.

gringie 08-22-2010 06:57 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
/\ sshhh they're hearing

ninjalostboy95 08-22-2010 06:59 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
You can't hear text.

gringie 08-22-2010 07:09 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
/\ all right mr.sarcasm...they reading

stubborn_d0nkey 08-22-2010 07:29 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
Man, he joined the same month as me and SK? WTF? I guess he's there to average us out.

gringie 08-24-2010 11:34 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
i've joined the same month but been reading here before that..so high that i forgot the orignal account password...................

goldengod 09-02-2010 10:12 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
I dont understand how ppl forget their account password.

stubborn_d0nkey 09-03-2010 06:38 AM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by goldengod (Post 1877061)
i dont understand how ppl forget their account password.

+ 1

goldengod 09-03-2010 09:44 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
+1 right back at ya

ask me anything 09-03-2010 10:30 PM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
http://myspaceantics.com/images/mysp...i-keyboard.jpg


http://thepiratesdilemma.com/wp-cont...ng-500x333.png

Is anybody really scared of the FBI? I mean they gave Wikipedia a fucking letter. LMAO, I'm so scared I don't think I can sleep at night.:rolleyes:

stubborn_d0nkey 09-04-2010 04:38 AM

Re: FBI fights to protect its seal from Internet encyclopedians
 
The FBI is scared of me!


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