The F*deral Bur*au of Inv*stigations


According to the Chicago Division,

Use of the NAME, INITIALS, or SEAL of the F*I
is restricted by law
and may be used only with written permission of the F*I.

Asterisks inserted to avoid being arrested by the F*I for using their name and initials without written permission.

(I hope they don't go after me for using their initials without permission late last year.)

Comments (12)
  1. What if my name were Feudor Borisovich Ivanov? How could I write my initials? ;)

  2. Jeff Clark says:

    Yeah and make sure you contact the NFL, NHL, NBA etc before taping any of their events too.

  3. Ken says:

    I suspect they mean it in the sense of representing yourself as having their authority – impersonating an officer or whatnot.

    It certainly is worded vaugely, though.

  4. Erbo says:

    Or maybe they mean using them in a commercial context, i.e., selling jackets that say "___" (the three initials in question) on the back.

  5. James Day says:

    http://resource.lawlinks.com/Content/Legal_Research/US_code/Title_18/title_18_33.htm

    Title 18 Chapter 33 Section 709 (18 USC 709):

    "Whoever, except with the written permission of the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, knowingly uses the words ”Federal Bureau of Investigation” or the initials ”F.B.I.”, or any colorable imitation of such words or initials, in connection with any advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet or other publication, play, motion picture, broadcast, telecast, or other production, in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet or other publication, play, motion picture, broadcast, telecast, or other production, is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation;"

    So, saying "Up the FBI" is fine, whether accompanied by a raised finger or cheering, since neither is likely to convey the approval, endorsement or authorization of the FBI. Particularly the former.

    [link repaired by Raymond]

  6. The Other John says:

    Isn’t this along the lines of Intel trademarking the letter I? Sure, it sounds silly when you read the sweeping statement, but enforcement of such things always depends on context.

    I like to think that there is SOME common sense left in the world, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

  7. Raymond Chen says:

    "Common sense" + "government agency" = ?

  8. Mat says:

    There ya go, drink the kool-aid.

    I guess that’s the thing — they don’t want perps mingling with peeps just cuz they got a new jacket that sports the F*I logo.

    And why not Intel? Hasn’t Microsoft trademarked M$?

    Just kiddin’

  9. Common sense" + "government agency" = ?

    Will the Longhorn version of calc.exe be able to answer these questions (now that would be a useful feature)?

  10. Gernot says:

    "I like to think that there is SOME common sense left in the world…."

    Remember that common sense it not so common anymore.

  11. David S says:

    Jeff-

    The NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB just tell you you can’t rebroadcast it. Recording it and watching it at your convenience doesn’t constitute a re*broadcast*.

    Basically covering their asses from letting any channel show their games and/or highlights.

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