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The court refused to a monkey a copyright on own selfies

1 year, 2 months ago

And again hello

History with the Indonesian monkey received continuation. It would seem, the problem was solved by Bureau of protection of copyright of the USA in 2014. Actually not. The People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization decided to stand for the rights of a monkey and pleaded at its interests at the bar. Tried to prove to Predstviteli PETA that the monkey is the owner of the rights to own selfies, but not the photographer or someone else.

I will remind that history began in 2011 when the photographer David Sleter specializing in the wild nature decided to photograph a rare species of monkeys from Indonesia. The photographer began to install the equipment, but one of monkeys decided to help the person. Without thinking twice, the animal stole the camera, and began to press the lock button again and again. Among hundreds of received pictures there are almost ideal selfies of an animal. The photo was loaded on a photohosting the Wikimedia Commons then the photographer asked to delete this photo, having declared the rights to it. Representatives of Vikimedia (non-profit organization which services work of ten viki-projects including Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Commons) refused to delete a photo, having pointed that the rights to the photo selfie do not belong to the photographer. The photographer began to dispute such opinion, claiming that he lost thousands of dollars of "the half-received profit" as assignments. The photographer even reported the Air Force that the monkey was his assistant.

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How to make the way behind the scenes at a concert? To edit article in "Wikipedia"

1 year, 3 months ago
For fans of different contractors of music and other forms of entertainments there is a considerable value in the form of pass behind the scenes; there, where there is an object of worship and many other things which can interest the fan. For contractors there is not less important value in that in the course of work and preparation for it they were not disturbed by importunate fans. This eternal conflict easily is solved by means of security polices. But the last need to resolve an issue with the one who is authorized to pass behind the scenes, and to whom not the place there.

Peking Duk — the Australian band which consists of DJs Adam Hyde and Ruben Stayls. The duet performs a dance music of a genre a house. In the evening on December 2 the collective acted in Melbourne. One of fans desired to get behind the scenes, and made it by means of editing article in "Wikipedia"

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Wikipedia learned to automatically determine incorrect changes of articles by means of AI

1 year, 3 months ago

Source: Wikimedia

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia received the new tool — service with the AI elements which will help to automatically determine incorrect changes of materials of a resource. The ORES service (Objective Revision Evaluation Service) will check all changes for existence of spam or trolling. A creator of ORES is Wikimedia Foundation. Developers say that new service works as x-ray points (from here and the announce picture. The system will select now everything that looks suspicious, and then to send for check to the editor person. If the administrator decides not to use editing, the user who offered it will receive the notification. This system is more friendly to users as now no notices are sent to users.

The command of the encyclopedia taught to distinguish system inadvertent errors in changes and the fact that it is called "the damaging changes" (damaging edits). Training was provided on examples of real materials. Now new service can already be used.

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The account of the ex-administrator Vikipediya descending on a meeting in Roskomnadzor was blocked

1 year, 4 months ago
On Geektime news about a yesterday's meeting of users of Wikipedia, the manual of Roskomnadzor, representatives of FDCS and Rospotrebnadzor was already published today. Four "active users of Wikipedia" among whom and the former administrator online entsiklopedi Samal participated in a meeting.

I will remind, its position — establishing communications with government bodies for discussion of some aspects of the publication of articles what, according to Samal, allows to avoid blocking of Wikipedia in the territory of Russia. Today it turned out that most of administrators of the encyclopedia does not agree with the user's position. Moreover, its account was blocked by one of the current administrators, Sealle. Blocking of the account is made at 08:59 Moscow time.

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Blocking of Wikipedia is cancelled? Roskomnadzor meets editors of the encyclopedia today

1 year, 4 months ago


Roskomnadzor published the message that the majority of articles (4 pieces) about drugs because of which it was going to block Wikipedia in Russia are edited today. These articles will be sent by supervisory authority to FDCS, for additional examination, for check of compliance of changes to requirements of specialists.

Besides, today in Roskomnadzor the meeting of officials and editors of Wikipedia will take place. A subject of discussion — approaches to editing articles for an exception of a possibility of blocking of the online encyclopedia.

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Roskomnadzor will block Wikipedia in three days. Counting of time went

1 year, 4 months ago
A few hours ago Roskomnadzor after all sent the formal notice on entering into the Unified register of the prohibited resources of four encyclopedic articles of the Russian Wikipedia. Information on it is published on official twitter of Roskomnadzor and official twitter of the Russian Wikipedia.

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Roskomnadzor threatens to block Wikipedia again

1 year, 4 months ago
Last victory of Wikipedia over Roskomnadzor was only an episode of long-term opposition with FDCS and other Russian state departments which look for the prohibited information on the Internet. The Russian Wikipedia is at them under permanent supervision.

Now claims of FDCS not one, and caused at once five articles devoted to widespread drugs: "The specified articles contain data on an operations procedure on production and use of drugs, including the description of processes, instructions and schemes of development of psychoactive agents, their production and use".

On November 18 Roskomnadzor warned Wikipedia: "After check of the actual existence by FDCS of information which is contained in solutions on the website of Wikipedia, the link to the specified articles of the Internet encyclopedia will be included in the unified register of the prohibited information".

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In English-speaking Wikipedia — 5 million articles

1 year, 4 months ago

That, five-million article in which the Australian bush is described

The number of articles in the English-language version of Wikipedia reached 5 million. And it is even more as for a short time the amount of the published materials in the English-language section of Wikipedia passed for a long-awaited mark of 5 million, having reached 5000691 at the time of writing of this news. Material about Persoonia terminalis, a bush which is found in Australia became anniversary article.

2015 for Wikipedia in general very saturated. Here both identification of several hundred accounts which for money wrote positive materials about the different companies and people, and attempt of blocking of a resource in Russia, and attempts to publish resource materials in the form of the multi-volume set. In 2012 specialists noted gradual deceleration of activity of authors of a resource, and even predicted a possibility of closing of Wikipedia.

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How many satellite systems rotate around Earth

1 year, 5 months ago
The majority of navigation satellite systems appeared in response to requests of military and long time was limited to GPS and GLONASS. However after it became clear that data from satellites can be used effectively in the peace purposes, the number of systems began to grow systematically. We studied the most significant of NSS existing today.

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English-speaking Wikipedia blocked 381 accounts for paid changes to articles

1 year, 6 months ago
Today the Wikipedia Foundation fund declared that after the investigation made by volunteers in the English-language version of Wikipedia 381 accounts were blocked. The reason of blocking is that these people were engaged in paid changes to articles which promoted improvement of image of the company, organization or the person appearing in the text. Investigation showed that this group of paid authors was connected among themselves and used several tricks, such as use of several accounts to hide the actions.

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