The FBI’s Frivolous Fight Against Wikipedia

Summary: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) isn’t only fighting crime but Wikipedia. In a July 22 letter, the FBI claims that Wikipedia is using the government agency’s seal without authorization.

Specifically, the FBI’s general counsel, the author of the letter, wrote: “The FBI has not authorized use of the FBI seal on Wikipedia. The inclusion of a high quality graphic of the FBI seal on Wikipedia is particularly problematic, because it facilitates both deliberate and unwitting violations of these restrictions by Wikipedia users.”

The FBI also is threatening legal action against the online encyclopedia if their seal isn’t removed from the site.