Wednesday, October 8, 2008

National Security Blanket: Dangerous sketcher/crocheter detained

Keene Valley resident Jerilea Zempel was detained at the U.S. border this summer because she had a drawing of a sport-utility vehicle in her sketchbook.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told Zempel they suspected her of copyright infringement.
She was released after more than an hour in custody at the Houlton, Maine, port of entry from New Brunswick, Canada.
Her release came only after she persuaded border guards she was an artist doing a project that involved a crocheted SUV as a statement against America's dependence on oil and love for big vehicles.
This is Jerilea Zempel-s pen-and-ink sketch that border agents suspected might constitute copyright infringement.
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