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[ATTACH=right]16367[/ATTACH]The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Wikipedia are going head to head. The great open-source compendium of human knowledge's crime? [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation"]Displaying the FBI seal[/URL]. The bureau sent a [URL="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/us/20100803-wiki-LetterFromLarson.pdf"]letter to the Wikimedia Foundation[/URL] in July, asking that the seal be taken down from all Wikipedia pages within 14 days and threatening legal action. The letter seems to indicate that the FBI is worried about an army of teenagers, stay-at-home moms and seniors running around with fake FBI badges derived from the Wikipedia image. [QUOTE]Regulations governing authorizations to use the seals of Department of Justice components, including the FBI, are published …

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Legal firm [URL="http://www.tbilaw.co.uk/"]Tilly, Baker and Irvine (TBI)[/URL] has agreed to stop sending letters to Internet users when they believe they may be infringing copyright. The ironic thing is that this is the same week in which UK law changed to allow the Government to cut users off for precisely the same reason under the terms of the new Digital Economy Bill. Consumer association Which? has welcomed the news. It has been [URL="http://www.which.co.uk/about-which/press/press-releases/product-press-releases/which-computing-magazine/2010/04/which-response-to-the-digital-economy-bill.jsp"]broadly welcoming towards the Bill[/URL], which it believes will be proportionate in its handling of Internet transgressions, but had criticised the legal partnership for approaching people with insufficient evidence. …

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I've been watching the blogosphere or whatever we're calling it with interest for a fair while now. Not because I think it's going to take over from 'proper' journalists like me; I have 20 years' experience and although this can of course be duplicated, it kind of takes 20 years. One of the things about being experienced and trained is that you don't make silly mistakes like the [URL="http://www.out-law.com/default.aspx?page=9741"]guy who's just tried to sue the Tolkien family[/URL]. He's made allegations I'm not going to repeat because I know nothing of the truth of them; the thing is, one of the …

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