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What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Mike Masnick

What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Mike Masnick

Founder of Techdirt and the Copia Institute, Mike Masnick joined us last Friday for a talk on government ownership of copyrights.

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Zoinks! Casey Kasem and the FBI versus Negativland

Zoinks! Casey Kasem and the FBI versus Negativland

A deep dive into our archive of Federal Bureau of Investigation files released through FOIA reveal that radio and TV personality Casey Kasem - better known as the voice of Shaggy in Scooby Doo - involved the Bureau in his infamous feud with the band Negativland after he threatened to sue them for releasing a track of recordings of him swearing.

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Homeland Security used a modified version of the Anonymous logo in a presentation on surveillance

Homeland Security used a modified version of the Anonymous logo in a presentation on surveillance

A presentation from Homeland Security on Intelligence Oversight Training appears to include a version of Anonymous’ “man without a head” logo that was modified to depict a surveillance state. Perhaps even more interestingly, the image has a preexisting copyright and appears to have been originally used in an article describing Pakistan’s mass surveillance system - a system that appears to liaise with the National Security Agency.

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"Phoenix is hot" and other unexpected trademarks owned by the Arizona capitol

“Phoenix is hot” and other unexpected trademarks owned by the Arizona capitol

Request for records related to Phoenix, Arizona’s federally trademarked bird symbol reveals a surprising trove of city-owned phrases.

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The Freedom of Information Act Does Not Apply to Beyoncé

The Freedom of Information Act Does Not Apply to Beyoncé

After the Marines Corps refused to release Beyoncé’s vocal tracks, I filed a request for the processing notes. What I found: Beyoncé truly is a law unto herself.

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