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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

mccain's myspace defaced

John McCain's MySpace page, fairly funny in and of itself, was slightly altered recently to exhibit McCain's new (and improved) stance on same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for gay people, people who want to marry their same-gendered best friend, and the general cause of civil rights and equality in America, McCain's new position was nothing more than a bit of internet connivery

McCain's MySpace template was created by Mike Davidson of Newsvine. As TechCrunch reports, "Davidson gave the template code away to anyone who wanted to use it, but asked that he be given credit when it was used, and told users to host their own image files." McCain's page uses the template without crediting Davidson and uses images hosted on Davidson's server, forcing Davidson to pay for bandwidth from the hits on McCain's page.

Thus, "Davidson decided to play a small prank on the campaign this morning as retribution. Since he’s in control of some of the images on the site, he replaced one that shows contact information" with a statement in support of gay marriage, "particularly marriage between passionate females" (above).

I like this act of internet vandalism. Not only is it a great way to point out the necessity of intellectual property rights protection on the internet, but it also makes a great political statement. Slob is hereby calling on any and all hackers to infiltrate the websites of conservative politicians and replace their right-wing bullshit with some lefter-wing bullfact.

via TechCrunch [via Newsvine]

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