Wikimedia: Camera-Owner Doesn’t Hold Copyright To Monkey Selfie

The image uploaded to Wikimedia Commons was taken by a macaque monkey who had briefly snatched away a professional photographer's camera.

If I take a photo with your camera, who holds the rights to the image? After all, I’m the photographer; you just happened to own the camera. What if I’m a non-human animal who can’t hold copyright — does that automatically mean the copyright defaults to the camera’s owner? Not according to Wikimedia, the organization behind Wikipedia. [More]

SOPA Protest: Wikipedia Traffic Up, Congressional Support Down

SOPA Protest: Wikipedia Traffic Up, Congressional Support Down

Yesterday’s mass protests about the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills have yielded some positive results: At least 18 members of Congress — including several PIPA co-sponsors — have withdrawn their support for the legislation. And Wikipedia, which went dark for the day, saw its traffic go up, as visitors used the site’s SOPA page as a resource for information about the issue. [More]

SOPA Sponsor Accuses Wikipedia Of Spreading Misinformation

SOPA Sponsor Accuses Wikipedia Of Spreading Misinformation

Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act that has moved a number of sites, including Craigslist and Reddit to shut down for the day, accuses the biggest name involved in the blackouts, Wikipedia, of doing a disservice to its users by inciting outrage over the piece of legislation. [More]

Why Wikipedia Decided To Join The Blackout And Potentially Threaten Your Homework

Why Wikipedia Decided To Join The Blackout And Potentially Threaten Your Homework

Wikipedia prides itself on being neutral… so why is it taking itself down to protest something political? According to their official explanation of the protest decision, the members of the Wikimedia Foundation feel that “although Wikipedia’s articles are neutral, its existence is not.” [More]

Wikipedia Begins Porn Purge-Fest

Wikipedia Begins Porn Purge-Fest

Hear that noise? It’s the Internet being scrubbed clean as Wikipedia’s parent company, Wikimedia Foundation, purges sexually explicit content from its websites. The clean-up comes after FoxNews.com started looking into the existence of such graphic content and its ready availability to anyone, even unsuspecting school children. [More]

Overstock.com CEO: Wikipedia Has Become An Instrument Of Mass Mind-Control

Overstock.com CEO: Wikipedia Has Become An Instrument Of Mass Mind-Control

Reader Adam forwarded us this bizarre email from Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com.

Expand Consumerist's Wikipedia Entry

Expand Consumerist's Wikipedia Entry

Someone created Consumerist’s Wikipedia entry on March 26.

Somebody Keeps Censoring Ronnie Segev’s Wikipedia Entry, Reputation Defender Perhaps?

Somebody Keeps Censoring Ronnie Segev’s Wikipedia Entry, Reputation Defender Perhaps?

Consumerist In AOL Wikipedia Entry

Consumerist In AOL Wikipedia Entry

Look ma, we’re in Wikipedia.

When Wikipedia Breaks Down: McDonald’s Menu Items Descriptions

When Wikipedia Breaks Down: McDonald’s Menu Items Descriptions