Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Oh My America !! Wikipedia gets cease and desist letter from F.B.I

Today's New york Times has an article showing the seal of FBI reporting that wikipedia has received a cease and desist letter from FBI lawyers .Letter says that they are improperly using FBI seal in an article about FBI .It also threatens

“Failure to comply may result in further legal action."

The problem, those at Wikipedia say, is that the law cited in the F.B.I.’s letter is largely about keeping people from flashing fake badges or profiting from the use of the seal, and not about posting images on noncommercial Web sites. Many sites, including the online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica, display the seal.

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”

Mr Michael Godwin counsel for wikipedia added that we “we are prepared to argue our view in court.” He signed off, “with all appropriate respect.”

Last phrase is particularly loaded with all kind of meaning ,a Masterpiece of signing Off from admirable adversary wikipedia.

I bet soon there will be a detailed article in WIKI about this silly work of busybody lawyers at FBI.

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