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Imagine a World
Without Free Knowledge

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet.

TODAY MANY LARGE WEBSITES SUCH AS REDDIT AND WIKIPEDIA ARE SHUT DOWN TO KEEP EVERYONE AWARE OF SOPA AND PIPA.

What are SOPA and PIPA? SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and PIPA is an acronym for the “Protect IP Act.” (“IP” stands for “intellectual property.”) In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet. Detailed information about these bills can be found in the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act articles on Wikipedia, which are available during the blackout. GovTrack lets you follow both bills through the legislative process: SOPA on this page, and PIPA on this one. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the public interest in the digital realm, has summarized why these bills are simply unacceptable in a world that values an open, secure, and free Internet.   What can I read to get more information? Try these links: As of 6AM PT, January 18, Google has more than 4,600 articles about the blackout. Here are a few:

  • Why is Wikipedia staging a blackout and what is SOPA?, from the National Post
  • Wikipedia joins blackout protest at US anti-piracy moves, from the British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Wikipedia blackout over US anti-piracy bills and FEATURE: Websites blackout over ‘SOPA censorship’, from Al Jazeera
  • Wikipedia, Craigslist, other sites go black in SOPA protest, from the Los Angeles Times
  • Google Rallies Opposition to Murdoch-Backed Anti-Piracy Bill, from BusinessWeek
  • SOPA protest: The Net strikes back, from Politico
  • Wikipedia blackout a ‘gimmick’, MPAA boss claims, from the Guardian
  • Wikipedia 24-hour blackout: a reader and Why we’re taking Wikipedia down for a day, from the New Statesman
  • Internet-wide protests against SOPA/PIPA are kicking up a storm, by the Hindustan Times
  • SOPA, PIPA: What you need to know, from CBS News
  • Protest on Web Uses Shutdown to Take On Two Piracy Bills, from the New York Times
  • Protesting SOPA: how to make your voice heard, from Ars Technica
  • Why We’ve Censored Wired.com, from Wired

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Trailer for PlayStation 5 Slim has Stunned Viewers

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Due to its unique design and detachable disc drive, a tiny PlayStation 5 prototype is making the rounds. According to a rumor from September, Sony plans to replace the current PS5 model on the market by releasing a third PS5 model in a year.

A Bit of a Difference

Before anyone begins gets head over heels for this, this new edition and the original only differ in that the latter has a detachable disc drive that connects to the console through an additional USB-C connector on the rear of the device.

More Features

Possibly, VR4Player.fr’s interpretation of what that might appear to be is much more fashionable. The idea reduces the size of the original design and divides the shell along a diagonal line where the removable disc drive would go. It also smooths down the PS5’s wavy edges and resembles a Tic-Tac in some ways.

The color-coded packaging for the small digital and disc drive versions would be ideal for errant parents in Christmas lines as long as far as the eye can see. And VR4Player.fr has the foresight to take that aforementioned intersection off the console, enabling the removable disc drive to be linked to a slim digital model.

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People Continue Calling Their Kids By This Marvel Character

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Let’s just hope they don’t turn out to be a fan of apocalyptic genocide.

Would you name your kids Thanos?

The first time I saw Avengers: Endgame was recent. I’m a little late, I know. But what a movie it is — its mere size is enough to impress even the pickiest movie critics, and it’s just a wonderful movie in general. But when I saw the credits roll, do you know what I didn’t think? “I’m going to name my firstborn Thanos,” the mother said.

But contrary to what you may assume, it seems that this is a more typical thought. According to ComicBook, a recent analysis by OrganicBabyFormula.com found that following the release of Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, the name “Thanos” has risen an astounding 2,892 spots on the Social Security Administration’s Name Popularity Index.

Other Disney-owned character names that have been influencing new parents’ name selections were also discovered in the same study.

Thanos is ninth on that list, with Quill coming in first (after Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy) and Kristoff (from Frozen) coming in second.

The third place goes to Rey (hey, Star Wars), who is followed by Merida and Aladdin (do I really need to explain?). Loki and Wanda are two other Marvel-inspired names that have experienced a rise in popularity.

But contrary to what you may assume, it seems that this is a more typical thought. According to ComicBook, a recent analysis by OrganicBabyFormula.com found that following the release of Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, the name “Thanos” has risen an astounding 2,892 spots on the Social Security Administration’s Name Popularity Index.

Frankly, I don’t get why Thanos is so popular here. In an interview with ComicBook earlier this year, the character’s creator, Jim Starlin, admitted that he had also been surprised by the popularity of the big, purple guy: “The fact that Thanos has gotten as big as he has, quite frankly, surprised the hell out of me because I always thought he was just too weird and esoteric and apparently wrong.” Because of this, I don’t produce movies.

I’d rather name my kids Tony or Steve actually.

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Legal Action Over Cardi B’s Marge Simpson Halloween Outfit is Threatened

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In relation to her Marge Simpson Halloween costume, an Italian artist has threatened Cardi B with legal action.

Halloween and Legalities

On October 31, the rapper known by the stage name “Bodak Yellow,” Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, revealed her Halloween attire in an Instagram post.

In place of her customary green clothing, the Grammy-winning performer is seen in the images as the popular animated character wearing a 1995 Thierry Mugler black dress.

In her Instagram slideshow post, the mother of two also revealed the artwork that served as inspiration for her outfit. The piece of art was produced in 2013 as part of aleXsandro Palombo’s “Marge Simpson Style Icon” series, which was initially featured in Vogue UK.

The mother of two included Mugler in her caption but left Palombo out and untagged.

On Saturday, November 26, Palombo updated a post on Instagram to denounce the rapper and her use of his work.

The artist claimed that Cardi B and her associates “have used my artwork without any consent, degrading its original meaning and only to amplify their image with a clear commercial purpose that has nothing to do with that path of social awareness that has always characterised my works.”

Additionally, he asserted that he had previously written to Cardi B and her collaborators, photographer Jora Frantzis and stylist Kollin Carter, to explain why he hadn’t been contacted for permission to use his artwork.

We wrote to Mrs. Cardi B and her partners to ask why they hadn’t requested our permission to use the artwork and why they hadn’t acknowledged or given credit to the artist, in violation of Meta’s policy on intellectual property rights, he continued. Still no response.

Claudio Volpi, the attorney for Palombo, increased the level of the “appropriation” charges against his client’s creative work.

According to Volpi of Artnet News, “Cardi B has unlawfully hijacked the work of aleXsandro Palombo for purely commercial goals in violation of the most fundamental copyright and Instagram principles, with the accompanying substantial consequences, both of recompense and of dishonor for her public image.”

The attorney stated that after contacting Frantzis, Carter, and the Atlantic Records marketing team, he only heard back from Frantzis, who said she was “glad to add the credits” and wasn’t “known there was an artist behind this artwork.”

All parties concerned, including Atlantic Records chairman Craig Kallman, have received a formal notice, according to Volpi, requiring them to publish a “remedial” post with due credit to the artist within seven days of receiving it.

In the event that this demand is not fulfilled, Volpi threatened legal action, along with a demand for Palombo’s compensation.

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