Scrameustache writes: The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks claims that it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government.
Moneybookers, a British-registered internet payment company that collects WikiLeaks donations, emailed the organisation to say it had closed down its account because it had been put on an official US watchlist and on an Australian government blacklist.
The apparent blacklisting came a few days after the Pentagon publicly expressed its anger at WikiLeaks and its founder, Australian citizen Julian Assange, for obtaining thousands of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan.
Scrameustache writes: In this TED talk (15 minutes), Johanna Blakley talks about a subject alien to most slashdotters, fashion, but in a way sure to grab our attention: How the fashion industry's lack of copyright protection can teach other industries about what copyright means to innovation, and yes, she mentions open source software. If you want to know more, or if you prefer text, the Ready To Share project's website should give you all the data you crave on the subject.
You can see the Pythons explain it in their own silly words:
"We're letting you see absolutely everything for free. So there! But we want something in return. None of your driveling, mindless comments. Instead, we want you to click on the links, buy our movies & TV shows and soften our pain and disgust at being ripped off all these years."