From a NY Times article:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken on everyone from Al Capone to John Dillinger to the Unabomber. Its latest adversary: Wikipedia.Wow! All I can say is that the American people must be extraordinarily proud that their premier law enforcement agency is so successful in dealing with high priority and top-tier crime that it has found time to turn its attention to that nefarious and dark cesspit of crime known as "Wikipedia". Think of it. How dare an on-line encyclopedia take the famed and prized seal of the FBI and expose it to untutored eyes? What next? Will Wikipedia begin offering up young virgins on a Satanic alter? This criminal activity must be nipped in the bud, and I for one am glad that the FBI has jumped into the breach and thrown all resources into the desperate fight to end Wikipedia criminality now... before it is too late!
The bureau wrote a letter in July to the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent organization of Wikipedia, demanding that it take down an image of the F.B.I. seal accompanying an article on the bureau, and threatened litigation: “Failure to comply may result in further legal action. We appreciate your timely attention to this matter.”
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.
Other organizations might simply back down. 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” that the F.B.I. had provided.
Michael Godwin, the general counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation, wrote, “we are prepared to argue our view in court.” He signed off, “with all appropriate respect.”