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FBI poker domain seizures draw heavy criticism from graphic designers

In Politics and Law on April 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm

FBI domain seizures hit a handful of popular poker sites today, including fulltiltpoker.com, pokerstars.net, ub.com and absolutepoker.com.

The move was met with outrage from, of all possible parties, graphic designers.

The FBI has seized thousands of computers with Photoshop installed, and this is the best they could come up with.

“Really?” asked Amy Howitz. “A full-page jpeg with text on it? That’s what they put up when they seize a domain?”

Howitz found herself especially infuriated by the blurry Department of Justice logo and the unnecessarily large file size.

“It’s an embarrassment to every citizen of the United States. Every move like this affects not just how the world sees us, but how the world does business with us. Are we really going to stand by while a blurry Department of Justice ruins America?”

Some, it seemed, were entirely willing to stand by.

“Who cares?” asked Mike Mornsby, a programmer from San Francisco. “They’re only going after porn and gambling. As long as you’re not one of the bad guys, you’ll be fine.”

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