noah | December 10, 2008 4:45 am

A few months ago, we heard rumors that the FBI was investigating Wikipedia because of a 32-year-old Scorpions album cover that features a naked prepubescent girl; while those haven’t been confirmed (yet), that cover apparently resulted in the user-generated knowledge morass being banned by the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation, which helps ISPs determine which sites do and don’t have illegal content, earlier this week. The IWF has since reversed its decision in part because its ban was actually resulting in the image being disseminated more widely, which, um, is something that anyone who has ever been a teenager could have probably told them in the first place. (Said image, by the way, has since been removed from Amazon, who presumably didn’t want to have their plug pulled in time for a dismal holiday-shopping season.) [IHT]