Apple Purchased the Rights to Wikipedia Trademark In Perpetuity

A few years ago, I was asked by the executive director of Wikimedia Foundation to “Save Wikipedia.”  In the course of investigating why Wikipedia was declining, I discovered a fact that is not a secret, but it is also not discussed because it is too taboo to even speak of.

When Wikipedia was in its infancy, someone at WMF decided to sell the rights to the Wikipedia trademark to Apple.  The agreement states that the contract cannot be cancelled without legal cause.  And, it was for a few tens of thousands of dollars–a tiny fraction of what Wikipedia is worth today.  Both organizations today use the image of Wikipedia without fear or recompense for the masses who create and curate Wikipedia.

Today, Apple uses the Wikipedia logo ubiquitously and without threat in all parts of their operating systems.  When you ask Siri a question, Apple will proudly display the fact that it retrieved your results from Wikipedia.  There’s nothing but upside for them.  They get to ride the coat-tail of trust that the World has for Wikipedia.  After all, who would volunteer to build the worlds source of all knowledge for Apple?  Why should we help make them rich?

Turns out, Apple gets all that love.  Will you feel proud when Grandma gives away a little of her last savings to Wikipedia because she believes in it?

Don’t take my word for it.  Ask them yourself.  Ask WMF to see the agreement that was made.  Ask what they’ve done to address the issue.  Also, consider that all major search engines rely on Wikipedia for their search results already, and that they are making hundreds of billions from our efforts.  The annual market for advertising on search engines was well over $80billion/yr just six years ago.  How much have they made from Wikipedia since then?

 

Anarchy!

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I’m currently recording a heavy metal soundtrack for a dungeon crawler game, HEAVY EARTH.   I thoroughly enjoy recording, and it’s even better when uninhibited.

Without outside pressure, the metal just flows.  I’m lucky to have this opportunity.  As tracks are produced, I’ll release them as Simulchrist, but I’ll likely hold back the best for the game release.

Sometimes the subject comes up, and I cannot avoid revealing I’m a Christian anarchist. I get mixed reactions from people when they hear this. Most walk away silently confused and afraid to ask those questions which would expand their understanding. I don’t blame them. It is a terrifying concept at its core: What does one believe? What’s even scarier is publicly stating one’s beliefs.

Here are mine, as of this moment:

No person or thing interferes with my relationship with my own personal God. I answer to no person but myself and God. Any judgement I make is one that considers God first. This enables me to be conscious of my relationships with others so that I may support who they are as they are. I believe God would do this; so should I.

I follow Christian beliefs of do unto others as one would have done to and for one’s self. If you ask me for food, I will give you food. If you ask me for a job, I will give you a job. If you ask me to leave you alone, I will. If you ask me to free you from slavery, I will free you from slavery. If you ask me to harm another person, I will not, and with said knowledge I will do whatever I can to guarantee that no one is harmed.

If you ask me to just listen, I will just listen.

I will not hurt another person. This is terribly difficult to achieve in life. In provocation, I’ve been punched, kicked, pinned, dragged, shoved, stabbed, bitten, and bound, but I’ve never hit or hurt anyone. Like all children, I participated in countless unavoidable scuffles as I experienced and developed my first social boundaries. Yet, I’ve remained violence free throughout my life.

I attribute this to my own father. I witnessed him being attacked by others, and he simply disarmed them without any counter. I’ve managed to demonstrate the same for my kids. Thank God.

Trust and faith are my constant religious practice. Trust is the same as faith as both rely on no prior evidence, counter to what most assume. The math behind this concept is beyond most, but understanding trust is faith, is necessary, I believe, to enable one to forgive others and support them in their own endeavors as who they are.

Unless queried, I do not discuss or force my views on others. I do not believe in organized religion or fundamentalism.  Like my parents, instead, I strive to simply demonstrate the results of faith, love, and empathy that I believe God presents to us.

Declaration

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a person to dissolve the political bands which have connected that person with others, and to assume among the powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle every person, a decent respect to the opinions of self-aware life requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

I hold these ideas to be self-evident, that all life, conscious or otherwise, is created equal, that life is endowed by its creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life itself, self-awareness, and the pursuit of happiness–that to secure these rights, humans have instituted governments, attempting to derive their just powers from the consent of other governed humans, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of any living entity to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, so that life shall seem most likely to effect its safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for the light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown, that life is more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of me and my people; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.

The history of the present world leaders, corporations, and the government of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over people. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

You have refused your assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

You have obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing your assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

You have made judges dependent on the will of corporations alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

You have erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass people, and eat out their substance.

You have kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without our consent.

You have affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power.

You have combined with others to subject my body and the bodies of my family to a jurisdiction foreign to my constitution, and unacknowledged by laws; giving assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any crimes which they should commit;

For restricting our work and trade with all the parts of the world;

For imposing taxes on us without my consent;

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;

For trying us for pretended offenses;

For abolishing the free system of laws in our communities, establishing therein arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into all parts of the Earth;

For declaring themselves invested with power to legislate in all cases whatsoever.

You have abdicated government, by declaring us out of your protection and waging war against us.

You have plundered the world’s seas, ravaged its coasts, burnt its cities, and destroyed the lives of all peoples of the Earth.

You are, at this time, transporting large armies of mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation or planet.

You have constrained my fellow people taken captive by fascist corporate market forces to bear arms against their own, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

You have excited domestic insurrections among all, and have endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our communities, the merciless police forces, whose known rule of warfare, is an indistiguished destruction, of all ages, sexes, and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions I have petitioned for regress in the most humble terms: My repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A people, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define tyranny, is unfit to be free.

Nor have I been wanting in attentions to others. I have warned all from time to time of attempts to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over me and my family. I have reminded all of the circumstances of my settlement here. I have appealed to your native justice and magnanimity, and I have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity. I must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold you, as I hold the rest of life in all forms, enemies in war, in peace, friends.

I, therefore, Damon Sicore, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of my intentions, do in the name, and by authority of my self, solemnly publish and declare, that my personal body, is as of right to be, a free and independent organism, that I am absolved from all allegiance to any other organism, and that all political connection between my person and those placed in my care, and any other state or organism, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and as a free and independent organism and family, I have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent organisms may of right to do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, I pledge to all others my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor.

Note:  The original PDF can be found here.

Universal Rights

  1. Any entity may be a person.
  2. A person may not touch another person without permission.
  3. A person may not be denied access to food, water, or sustenance.
  4. Any entity claiming to be a person is a person.
  5. Any entity identified by a person as a person is a person.
  6. Any entity suspected to be a person is a person.