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Windows 7: FBI threatens legal action against Wikipedia

03 Aug 2010   #1
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 
FBI threatens legal action against Wikipedia

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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has threatened Wikipedia with legal action if the online encyclopedia doesn't remove the FBI's seal from its site.

The seal is featured in an encyclopedia entry about the FBI.

Wikipedia isn't backing down, however. The online encyclopedia -- which is run by a nonprofit group and is edited by the public -- sent a chiding letter to the FBI, explaining why, in its view, the FBI is off its legal rocker.

"In short, then, we are compelled as a matter of law and principle to deny your demand for removal of the FBI Seal from Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons," the Wikimedia Foundation's general counsel, Mike Godwin, wrote in a letter to the FBI, which was posted online by the New York Times.
A lot more here: FBI to Wikipedia: Remove our seal - CNN.com
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03 Aug 2010   #2
mindinka

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
You made my day

Ha ha ha, it seems to me that FBI guys got nothing else to do...
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03 Aug 2010   #3
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I agree. A pointless exercise, especially when the Seal of the US President can also be found. Not only that, nearly all prominent companies featured also have their trademark emblems (or corporate logos) displayed.
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03 Aug 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ridiculous - somebody should cut their budget. They have too many morons that have nothing useful to do.
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03 Aug 2010   #5
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Just remember who founded the FBI - J. Edgar Hoover. Whilst he might not have been corrupt (and there are some that say he was), he certainly wasn't squeaky-clean either.

I read a book about him and the story of the FBI a while back when I was on one of my hols, and it was a fascinating and interesting read.
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03 Aug 2010   #6
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

I almost posted this. This is utterly ridiculous. It is owned by the taxpayers AND it's not like Wiki was using it fraudulently--pretending to be the FBI or represent them. Merely writing about them.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Just remember who founded the FBI - J. Edgar Hoover. Whilst he might not have been corrupt (and there are some that say he was), he certainly wasn't squeaky-clean either.

Most of our federal gov't has been corrupt to varying degrees for at least the past 50 years if not longer. Mostly congress and the president now, but the CIA is as well.
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03 Aug 2010   #7
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

FBI has 0% chance of winning this, they should probably fire whoever started this too, bring on the terrible press
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03 Aug 2010   #8
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

We have $13 trillion in debt, and they're spending our money to bully a non-profit encyclopedia? Unbelievable...
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03 Aug 2010   #9
smarteyeball

 
 

As they say - 'only in America'...

That is so ridiculous it's just not funny.

The F.B.I need a sharp smack and to hear a stern "No! Think about how silly you are behaving"
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03 Aug 2010   #10
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

I want my tax money back.

~Lordbob
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