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Bernie Sanders lawyers to Wikipedia: Take down our logo, you’re violating DMCA

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posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 08:46 PM
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A lawyer representing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has demanded that several of the campaign's logos be removed from Wikipedia, saying that reproducing the logos violate copyright law. The Wikimedia Foundation has complied with the DMCA takedown notice and removed the notices.

It's fairly surprising that the campaign would seek to ban wide distribution of its logos, which are clearly positive advertising for the campaign. It's even more surprising that after getting a call from the Wikimedia Foundation, the Sanders campaign didn't back down or blame an overzealous volunteer attorney—the campaign confirmed it wants Wikipedia to comply with the notice and not publish its logos.

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I am not sure what to think of this. I can't see the angle that makes it a problem or negative for his campaign.

Is it an accidental read between the line about him, just a staffer getting carried away with an perceived issue or is it really a problem?




posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 08:57 PM
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a reply to: roadgravel

That seems odd and uncharacteristic for Bernie or his campaign. I'll wait to see if anything more comes out about this.



posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 09:08 PM
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a reply to: roadgravel

Is it because people can edit wiki to say things that he wouldn't approve of and with those logo's it would look like his endorsement?



posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 09:09 PM
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originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: roadgravel

Is it because people can edit wiki to say things that he wouldn't approve of and with those logo's it would look like his endorsement?


That would make sense.



posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 09:14 PM
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a reply to: Grimpachi

That would seem to be the only reason that seems plausible.

Otherwise I don't see a downside to this. Free campaign exposure.



posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 09:23 PM
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a reply to: seagull

Does seem the most likely reason. Could you imagine what children like Trump and conniving honor-less scum like Hillary could and would be able to do with alterable Wikipedia entries that they could have altered that appear to have Bernie's seal of approval?



posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 09:27 PM
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But there will still be info on him or his campaign there to edit. Just not the image of the sticker. I see the point but it doesn't seem like much of a gain.

I will venture a guess that the images will return.



posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 09:30 PM
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a reply to: Puppylove

They're the ones I immediately thought of... Which, somehow, saddens me.



posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 10:17 PM
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a reply to: roadgravel

The appearance of Authenticity means a lot.



posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 10:22 PM
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I guess Wikipedia felt the bern then.

But I guess protecting intellectual property as private property is the difference between socialism and communism. Because under communism everything is shared by all and socialism is just sharing things with all if it is open to be shared...or something like that.

Maybe some democracy should come into play and the majority vote determines if the logo should be shared.

Of course with such an attitude towards the logo, maybe it will fall under Wikipedia's relevancy clause.



posted on Jan, 16 2016 @ 02:52 PM
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originally posted by: Kali74

originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: roadgravel

Is it because people can edit wiki to say things that he wouldn't approve of and with those logo's it would look like his endorsement?


That would make sense.


Well then ol' Bernie is out of touch. Doesn't he know how the internet and wikipedia works? He should go talk to Beyonce about how well trying to take this

Off the internet went.




posted on Jan, 16 2016 @ 03:12 PM
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This DMCA takedown was withdrawn by the filer, it is no longer in force and all images have been undeleted.



posted on Jan, 16 2016 @ 05:56 PM
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a reply to: roadgravel

Sounds like someone may have got a bit overzealous...?



posted on Jan, 16 2016 @ 06:18 PM
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A communist trying to control media content...?!?!?
Say it ain't so...

Maybe if elected he can add an "s" and we can become the USSA to better emulate his beloved Soviet Union (where he honeymooned)....
Seriously, he did that and is a legitimate democratic presidential candidate....

-Christosterone



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