The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)/PIPA blackout by over 7,000 sites like Reddit and Wikipedia has angered retired Democratic Senator/lobbyist Chris Dodd (who claimed he would never lobby).
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and sixth most visited site in the world, will join websites like the content aggregator Reddit, to “go dark” on Wednesday in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and its companion bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), which are currently being debated in Congress. “What these bills propose are new powers for the government — and also for private actors — to create effectively blacklists of sites that allegedly are engaging in some form of online infringement and then force service providers to block access to those sites,” says Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “What we would have is a situation where the government and private actors could censor the net.” Chief technology officials in the Obama administration have expressed concern about any “legislation that … undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.” But the bill’s main backers, Hollywood movie studios and music publishers, want to stop the theft of their creative content and the bills have widespread bipartisan support. A vote on SOPA is on hold in the House now, as the Senate is still scheduled vote on PIPA next Tuesday.
The Misssionary Church of Kopimism, has now been officially recognized by Sweden as a religion. If You can copy and paste, you can be a member. File sharing is also another tenet of this new and technology based religion.
as described in Wikipedia……..
The Missionary Church of Kopimism, founded by 19-year-old philosophy student Isak GersonT, is a congregation of file sharers who claim that copying information is a sacred virtue. The Church, based in Sweden, has been officially recognized by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (“kammarkollegiet”) as a religious community, after three application attempts.
The followers of the religion are called Kopimists from copy me. According to the church, “In our belief, communication is sacred.” No belief in gods or supernatural phenomena is mentioned on their web site. CTRL+C and CTRL+V, familiar to those with rudimentary computing skills as the shortcut keys for “Copy” and “Paste,” are considered sacred symbols.
January 5, 2012, Kopimism was accepted by Sweden as a legitimate religion. The religion’s association with illegal file sharing has been said to not be a sign that file sharing that steps beyond legal borders will be excused from Sweden’s zero-tolerance approach to the matter.
(Vidya Daan), a concept in Daan, is a tenet of all Dharmic Religions that also values the sharing of information. In Christianity, it is also known as the Gift of Knowledge.
Ok so maybe I’m getting old! I actually had to look up the definition of “Rickrolled”, but it was worth my time and effort just for the laugh I got from the definition which is as follows:
To post a misleading link with a subject that promises to be exciting or interesting, e.g. “World of Starcraft in-game footage!” or “Paris Hilton blows Busta Rhymes‘ dick” but actually turns out to be the video for Rick Astley’s debut single, “Never Gonna Give You Up” – Urban Dictionary
Wish you could see what that YouTube video is about, before you click on that link? On today’s Tekzilla Daily, Veronica has a Greasemonkey script that converts URLs to the real title so you never get Rickrolled again.