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Russian web users protest against new anti-piracy law

Today on the net, Russia’s new anti-piracy law draws strong criticism. Norway’s prime Minister poses undercover as a taxi driver. And a Dutch web user plays an incredible prank on his little brother.

Russian web users protest against new anti-piracy law

Over 100 000 Russian web users have signed this online petition against the country’s new anti-piracy law. Activists submitted it to the Russian government’s petitioning platform and it has reached the number of signatures required for it to be considered by the Kremlin.

The controversial legislation which was designed to protect films and TV shows from illegal downloading came into force on the 1st August. It also allows rights holders to report any site thought to distribute pirated content to the authorities, and even allows pre-trial blocking of these sites.

So web users are calling for the law to be repealed, saying the system could open the door to all sorts of violations and have a negative impact on Russia’s web industry. Some 1 700 Russian web sites went on strike the day the law was adopted, describing it as a liberty killer. 

Although the authorities do not officially recognize it as a political party, the Pirate Party of Russia is playing a pivotal role in the movement. It’s organized and staged a series of rallies across the country, with the leaders urging netizens not to go to the movies or buy any legal content throughout the month of August.

Members of the Pirate Party are also trying to raise awareness about Kopimism, a Swedish religious movement that believes the process of exchanging data is sacred. If they are able to officially register a church of their own, activists could launch an assault on copyright laws, saying they are offensive to their religious beliefs…

Norway’s PM plays taxi driver in election bid

Despite reports from local media saying some of the people were paid to appear in this video, it would seem Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has won over countless Norwegian web users after posing as a taxi driver in the capital Oslo for an afternoon. The aim of the hidden camera stunt was to give his Labour Party a campaign boost as its trailing in the polls ahead of the September 9th parliamentary elections.

Stoltenberg claims he wanted to meet « real » voters to gain a better understanding of what matters to them. This is what he explains in the intro to the famous video. We see him behind the wheel, saying how important it is to hear what Norwegians really think, and the place where people are most honest is often in a taxi.

It’s hard to know whether this interesting marketing operation and the subsequent rumours that it was staged will have any real impact on voting intentions, but it could well inspire other politicians across the globe. Well this is what web users from countries outside Norway are hoping. They’d love to see one of their politicians do something similar and reach out to voters to listen to what they have to say.

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Now trending on social networks

Pose slumped against a wall, staring blankly across the room, and then post the photo online … this is “Dufnering” it became something of a craze on social networks back in March, and was inspired by this photo of golfer Jason Dufner during a charity appearance at a primary school. The fad was originally intended to poke fun at the American golfer who up until Sunday’s victory at the PGA Championship had not won any major titles. But now “Dufnering” has taken on a whole new meaning, with countless golf enthusiasts’ recreating the famous pose to congratulate the golfer on his win.

Video of the day

Dutch web user Tobias Mathijsen loves playing pranks on his little brother, filming them and posting the videos on sharing sites. And the budding comedian’s latest bit of tomfoolery involved tilting his brother’s bedroom 90 degrees ; so his bed, sofa, posters they were all moved to either the wall or the ceiling… a definite must-see…

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