[linux-elitists] Criminal Editing of the Enemy

Modus Operandi modus@as220.org
Tue Mar 9 22:37:01 PST 2004


 The New York Times is running a story titled "Treasury Department Is
 Warning Publishers of the Perils of Criminal Editing of the Enemy".
 "Anyone who publishes material from a country under a trade embargo
 [Iran, Cuba, Libya, etc. -Ed.] is forbidden to reorder paragraphs or
 sentences, correct syntax or grammar, or replace 'inappropriate words,'
 according to several advisory letters from the Treasury Department in
 recent months." This has triggered a discussion on the English
 Wikipedia mailing list, with project leader Jimbo Wales vowing: "I
 intend to just plain and simple ignore this as bureaucratic fantasy."
 Wikipedia is an openly editable encyclopedia with contributors from all
 around the world. The article notes that the maximum punishment - fines
 of $500,000 and 10 years in jail - is so far only theoretical, but the
 possibility is nevertheless disconcerting.


You'll need to log in to nytimes.com, of course:



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