As you have read elsewhere, days ago, our very own, tax-funded Federal Bureau of Investigation sent Wikipedia a "Take it down!" letter asserting copyright, allegedly motivated by fears bad, bad men will use the Wikipedia image to pretend to be Feds. (Wow, I sure wish there was a Federal bureau to, you know, look into such things and bring the malefactors to book, but I digress). One thing to remember here is that there are a lot of holders of law degrees to be found among FBI agents -- not that there would be any
I wonder what else might we find, were we to go image-shopping on Wikipedia? What other innocent, defenseless Federal agencies have been exposed to the horrors of internationally accessible hi-rez images of their public-domain seals? Even scarier, do they have children's pages or a public museum?Oh, nooooooes! (Images take you to their respective homepages. Pretty sure they're hirin', btw -- NSA is pushing gummint careers right there on the front page, though applicants need major alpha geekage and the ability to keep your yap shut, the second hurdle leavin' me right out if by some miracle I snuck by the first).
Of course, this does cause me to wonder: have CIA or NSA sent letters to Wikipedia? Does the eagle hunt the fly? 'Twould appear not. So unless the principals of Wikipedia suddenly vanish (while outside the borders of these United States), or all of their servers and every record of them from birth to their last bus pass suddenly and by complete coincidence are deleted without a trace, I think we can safely conclude FBI's best known, scariest two siblings don't have a problem with reference works posting their public-domain seals out where people can see them. Maybe they're getting better legal advice? Maybe they remember the ease with which the eagle can take the fly and, grasping the imbalance, stay their hand?
I dunno. But I remember now why I didn't like goin' to parties with crybabies and fibbers when I was a kid.
J. Edgar Hoover is dead. Somehow, somewhere, some of his least-noble qualities have lived on.