[linux-elitists] Criminal Editing of the Enemy
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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