Reddit has posted a punchy, impassioned warning about the likelihood that it will no longer be able to function if the EU's plan to mandate copyright filters and limit linking to news without permission goes through.
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In 2015, Australia created the most aggressive copyright censorship system in the world, which allowed the country's two major movie studios (Village Roadshow and Fox) along with an assortment of smaller companies and trolls to get court orders forcing the country's ISPs to censor sites that had the "primary purpose" of infringing copyright.
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SOPA has come to Australia: under Communications minister Senator Mitch Fifield's Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018, rightsholders will be able to tell search engines which results they are allowed to show users, and will expand the country's censorship system ("copyright blocking orders") by allowing rightsholders to have any website censored by claiming it is a "mirror" of an already-blocked site, without having to show evidence for their claims.
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This morning, the EU's legislative affairs committee (JURI) narrowly voted to include two controversial proposals in upcoming, must-pass copyright reforms: both Article 11 (no linking to news stories without permission and a paid license) and Article 13 (all material posted by Europeans must first be evaluated by a copyright filter and blocked if they appear to match a copyrighted work) passed by a single vote.
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The National Association of Scholars is a tiny, hydrocarbon-industry backed organization that is not to be confused with the National Academy of Sciences.
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Mixing '80s heavy metal hair band RATT with Motown artist Marvin Gaye just shouldn't work, but somehow it does. This mashup by YouTuber
Bill McClintock is called "I Heard it Round and Round the Grapevine" and sets Gaye's 1968 soul classic "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" with the hard-rocking track from RATT's 1984 single "Round and Round." It works, I'm telling you.
In case you forgot, here's what the two songs sound like separately (I nearly forget RATT's music video starred Milton Berle):
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SOPA may be a distant memory for the Internet community, but Canada now finds itself in its own SOPA moment. Telecom giant Bell leads a coalition of companies and associations in seeking support for a wide-ranging website blocking plan
that could have similarly harmful effects on the Internet, representing a set-back for privacy, freedom of expression, and net neutrality. While that need not be the choice - Canada’s Copyright Act already features some of the world’s toughest anti-piracy laws
- the government and the CRTC, Canada's telecom regulator, are faced with deciding on the merits of a website blocking plan that is best described as a disproportionate, unconstitutional proposal sorely lacking in due process.
The music of Journey and Beyoncé shouldn't work well together but this mashup by oneboredjeu (aka Maddy) proves otherwise. By combining "Any Way You Want It" with "Drunk in Love," she's created a super-trippy mix called "Any Way You Love It."
Previously: Listen to this fantastic mashup of Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' and the Footloose theme
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Thank you, DJ Cummerbund. Thank you for perfectly combining Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" and Kenny Loggins' Footloose theme (and a little of Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" too) into "Jereloose." That was thoroughly enjoyable.
YouTube commenter Ramanan amusingly calls it "the jauntiest song about a school shooting since Pumped Up Kicks!"
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Cousin Larry and Balki are back thanks to Jimmy Kimmel Live. This comedic mashup imagines what it would like if Balki from Perfect Strangers brought home the Demogorgon from Stranger Things.
The new season of 'Stranger Things' came out, and it's very popular. It's a great combination of new and classic. The show is full of references from the 80s and now Netflix is taking that one step further with a new spin-off series that teams the kids from Hawkins, Indiana with two beloved characters from the past named Larry and Balki. #PerfectStrangerThings
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Pioneer Awards, "which recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier." They are whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Techdirt editor Mike Masnick and free expression defender Annie Game. Read the rest
Contains mild spoilers. A good Thrones mashup, from zouru. Dany and her counselors try to plan the war ahead as Jon Snow mines the island for dragonglass. Read the rest
Andrew Tarusov created these delightful homages to classic films by replacing the original movie characters with superheroes. Read the rest
It's the US national day to save Net Neutrality: the day when we phone, tweet, email, and show up in person at every congresscritter, senator and FCC Commisioner's office to demand a free, fair and open internet, where the big phone and cable companies don't get to demand bribes from the services you use for delivering them to you. Read the rest
Over the weekend I took a silkscreening class (at a great DIY-kind of place in Oakland called Grease Diner) and discovered this brilliant design in the rag bin. If you haven't figured it out already, it's a mashup of the comic strip character Cathy and the logo of punk band Black Flag.
I posted this same image on Instagram and I was able to figure out the artist through the #Ackflag hashtag. Her name is Kathy K and she sells products with the design in her Etsy shop, Crimson + Clover. Read the rest