Big Cypress National Preserve "Hall of Shame"

 "Freedom of Speech"

It would appear that personnel at the Big Cypress National Preserve, doesn't like these web pages that provide a different point of view about the Big Cypress National Preserve. They have chosen to cite me for a violation of  using the NPS Arrowhead Symbol on my web site. (Click here to see it, Its on their web site not mine), this is just a link to it. If they had just asked me to remove it, I would have, But no! they have to make a federal case out of it.

On the Big Cypress National Preserve web page,  http://www.nps.gov/privacy.htm they have this statement:

Ownership

Information presented on this website, unless otherwise indicated , is considered in the public domain. It may be distributed or copied as is permitted by the law. Not all information on this website has been created or is owned by the NPS. If you wish to use any non-NPS material, you must seek permission directly from the owning (or holding) sources. NPS shall have the unlimited right to use for any purpose, free of any change, all information submitted to NPS via this site except those submissions made under separate legal contract. NPS shall be free to use, for any purpose, any ideas, concepts, or techniques contained in information provided to NPS through this site

As can clearly be seen, the NPS Arrowhead Symbol does not have a copy write or trademark symbol on it and is not "otherwise indicated" as not being in the public domain, as their own web page said it would be. So how is one to know?

Further more the statement "If you wish to use any non-NPS material, you must seek permission directly from the owning (or holding) sources". The statement does not say "If you wish to use any NPS material, you must seek permission". They are claiming that the NPS Arrowhead Symbol is NPS material, but they don't say you need their permission to use it. Just the opposite, the statement says its in the Public Domain, because "it is not indicated otherwise".

You would think with all the problems in the country right now they would not trouble the court with something so trivial.

I sent them a letter telling them that I removed the arrowhead symbol (if it shouldn't be there, why have it there, it doesn't contribute to the point of view any way) and asked them to drop the violation.

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Follow up: Received a letter on December 8, 2001, dropping the violation. You can read the letter here. I thank Mr. John Donahue for being reasonable.

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