Quote: Originally Posted by Legaia
This is just too funny. Why do they even care?
I would wager they don't actually care in the least about the "supposed" violation, more likely they're just trying to flex their legal muscle. Since they know they can't actually win this one, they were probably hoping that Wikipedia would opt to settle out of court.
In the U.S., works of the Federal government are automatically public domain. There is also a law prohibiting use of the FBI seal without permission. Those two laws are completely and inescapably contradictory (bit of a mouthful, but there it is). Having those restrictions on the FBI seal is the equivalent of a child saying "All right, I'll clean my room, but I won't
pick up that
pile" just to be defiant.