The FBI is currently demanding that Wikipedia remove the federal agency’s official seal from an entry about the FBI. An image search shows that more than 500 other websites also feature the image, but the boys in fedoras only seem to be going after Wikipedia.
To back their case, the FBI points to its regulations prohibiting the use of its seal for purposes of identification. Meanwhile, Wikipedia officials are pointing to the fact that an image on a web site is not likely to be used as a means of identification.
“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 … The use of the image on Wikipedia is not for the purpose of deception or falsely to represent anyone as an agent of the federal government.”
Anyhow, the whole thing struck me as so ludicrous that I felt I had no option other than posting an image of the FBI seal right here because — you know — I don’t give a damn.
- FBI wants Wikipedia to remove its seal (news.cnet.com)
- FBI to Wikipedia: Remove our seal (cnn.com)
- FBI gives Wikipedia a seal of disapproval (sfgate.com)
- Wikipedia Takes On The FBI (lockergnome.com)