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MediaSentry Hired By People's Republic of China

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the well-if-it-worked-for-those-guys dept.

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "MediaSentry, now called 'SafeNet,' the RIAA's illegal, unlicensed investigator of choice, has been hired by the People's Republic of China to provide DRM for the Olympics coverage. The PRC says it 'owns exclusive rights to the broadcast of all audio and video content via online and mobile distribution channels across Mainland China' and wants to protect it from 'piracy.' I wonder if the Chinese government is aware of MediaSentry's track record — i.e. all the good things it has accomplished so far for the Big 4 record companies."

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a match made in heaven . . . (5, Insightful)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 6 years ago | (#24518963)

I wonder if the Chinese government is aware of MediaSentry's track record

I wonder if MediaSentry is aware of the Chinese government's track record?

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (3, Insightful)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519027)

I wonder if the Chinese government is aware of MediaSentry's track record

I wonder if MediaSentry is aware of the Chinese government's track record?

Meh. They're perfect bed fellows and we all know it. They both excel at exploiting an ignorant public.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (5, Funny)

Random BedHead Ed (602081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519277)

I wonder if the Chinese government is aware of MediaSentry's track record

I wonder if MediaSentry is aware of the Chinese government's track record?

Meh. They're perfect bed fellows and we all know it. They both excel at exploiting an ignorant public.

No kidding - I've no need of organizations that exploit an ignorant public like China and MediaSentry. I'm perfectly content with the US government and Apple.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (1, Offtopic)

Johnny Chinpo (1340653) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519377)

If I had points I would mod you up.

Particularly if there was a "funny because it's true" category

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (2, Insightful)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519651)

You forgot Google. ;)

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (-1, Flamebait)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519815)

Funny, Insightful, understatement of the century.

The PRC makes GWB look as tame as Adolph Hitler.

Victims don't have a choice. (4, Insightful)

right handed (1310633) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519855)

No kidding - I've no need of organizations that exploit an ignorant public

I think you misspelled oppress above. People do not chose to live in China, inadequate state education, or to be the targets of RIAA attacks. Please do not insult people stripped of their homes and political prisoners with such trivializations. These thugs punish innocent people.

Re:Victims don't have a choice. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24520079)

That's rich coming from someone who constantly equates using Microsoft software with slavery and rape and makes "jokes" like these:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=185310&cid=15298619 [slashdot.org]
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=185310&cid=15298527 [slashdot.org]

Oh, you thought we didn't know about your new account?

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519685)

Isn't this typical of most current governments?

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (5, Interesting)

spyder-implee (864295) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519043)

I wonder why anyone would care? Why would anyone want to Pirate the Olympic broadcasts? Do you have to pay to watch the Olympics in China? Is this more a matter of making sure there is nothing broadcast which might undermine the Chinese government? Say for example an athlete making a speech about human rights after winning a gold medal.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (5, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519105)

Why would anyone want to Pirate the Olympic broadcasts?

Spite? Simply to piss off MediaSentry?

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (4, Insightful)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519231)

Do you have to pay to watch the Olympics in China?

I don't know. Didn't we have to pay to watch them here?

Not as in "pay-per-view", but as in "over broadcast TV"?

Even if we're talking about actually-free channels (do any still exist?), there's still the matter of ad revenue. If people just put clips up on YouTube, that means Google gets the revenue, instead of the Chinese Government.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (5, Informative)

spyder-implee (864295) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519725)

Interesting, I assume your in America? Here (Australia) we pay nothing to watch the Olympics & there would be civil outrage if that ever happened.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (2, Informative)

Gideon Fubar (833343) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519899)

Yeah, but Channel7 have the 'exclusive' (read: exclusive commercial, as i believe SBS and the ABC will be covering the less popular sports..) rights to the games. Channel9 were rapped over the knuckles by the IOC for filming when they weren't supposed to even be there.

It's possible this DRM enforcement push is directed against non-endusers, as non-licensed media outlets are also 'without rights' to the material..

Cue shocked realization from a bunch of media execs.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519739)

Didn't we have to pay to watch them here?

Would many people pay to watch the Olympics? I don't know anyone who cares about watching them. In fact, I can't think I've ever come across anyone who is excited by the prospect of the Olympics. I'm sure some are -- relatives of athletes etc.

Despite all the hype, the protests, the scandals etc etc, it's not exactly a TV spectacular in most Western countries.

I really can't understand that piracy is any real issue at all.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (1)

Nar Matteru (1099389) | more than 6 years ago | (#24520045)

Even if we're talking about actually-free channels (do any still exist?)

CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and even the CW all still broadcast over the air... Ad revenue is tricky because the money only comes from a stupid, but unfortunately large portion of the people who see them. The rest aren't paying for anything, even indirectly.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (0, Flamebait)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519255)

Why would anyone want to Pirate the Olympic broadcasts?

You must be new here allow me to explain. First and foremost a vast majority of the money holding populace are simple rubes [merriam-webster.com] . The profits to be made from a relatively poor and uneducated populace such as China has is not to be underestimated. This is common in the United States of America, such as Yellow Ribbons [wikipedia.org] once found on the vast majority of the SUV driving public. Themselves unlikely to formulate even a remotely insightful or articulate statement as to the conflict responsible for it's re-adoption. Taking advantage of the rubes can also happen on a much more local level for when the Boise Broncos won the 2007 Fiesta Bowl [wikipedia.org] the local news industry was elated to find it's self in a constant self gratification stroke fest as it replayed the admittedly exciting game over and over. Including a year later. Wal-Mart also jumped into the fray to hawk a commemorative DVD [amazon.com] with all associated Bronco's paraphernalia located conveniently nearby. It was given the same status in the store as a new Hannah Montanna [ggpht.com] release for many months after. Just think if China pulls some big wins, the populace is going to eat it up.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519351)

You must be new here, a simple "Yes you will have to pay to buy commemorative dvd's" would have sufficed.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (1)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519403)

Not really, I'm pointing out as to why you would want to pirate, to sell bootlegs to those easily parted with their money. And of course the censorship angle is not to be ignored.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519867)

The same Human Rights the USA are violating at the Guantanamo's trials of shame?

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519077)

> a match made in heaven . . .

I'm quite sure that matches like that are forged in hell not heaven.

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519095)

If they are paid enough, I'm sure they'll causally ignore it.

A fine example of standard corrupt business finest.

Just think, now you can use Bittorrent to bypass two evil organizations at the same time!

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519977)

If they are paid enough, I'm sure they'll causally ignore it.

A fine example of standard corrupt business finest.

Just think, now you can use Bittorrent to bypass two evil organizations at the same time!

Three at least. You're forgetting the broadcasters over here you're bypassing (ie MSNBC).

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (1)

svank (1301529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519585)

I wonder if the Chinese government is aware of MediaSentry's track record

(In Soviet Russia,) I wonder if MediaSentry is aware of the Chinese government's track record?

No, the Chinese government wonders if you are are aware of MediaSentry's record.

Or is it, MediaSentry wonders if you are aware of China's record.

Maybe, MediaSentry is aware of the Chinese government's wondering about you (or about your track record?)

Aw, forget it. In Soviet Russia, MediaSentry track records YOU!

Governements legislation is the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519643)

They need to globally change copyright laws. Once a song,movie or TV show etc is more than 2-3 years old it should be public domain and free to download and as long as no one other than the original copyright owner is still making money off it and its just being freely and innocently enjoyed. Media Sentry are a bunch of fascists who flood p2p networks with fake and virus/Trojan horse infected files putting at risk the computer systems of p2p users. What RIAA and MPAA are doing is criminal too!!!

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (1)

Entropy98 (1340659) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519647)

I wonder if the Chinese government is aware of MediaSentry's track record â" i.e. all the good things it has accomplished so far for the Big 4 record companies.

MediaSentry has a good track record?
--
Project Powder [projectpowderpro.com]

Re:a match made in heaven . . . (1)

Daswolfen (1277224) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519751)

I wonder if the Chinese government is aware of MediaSentry's track record

I wonder if MediaSentry is aware of the Chinese government's track record?

They should, it matches RIAA and MPAA to a tee.

Why still 'MediaSentry' (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24518975)

Everytime I see this company mentioned on Slashdot, they're still referred to as 'MediaSentry (now SafeNet)'. Why? Is it because the MediaSentry name is still so evocative? Just call them what they are and reference the fact that they are in fact that company that used to be called MediaSentry.

Re:Why still 'MediaSentry' (5, Insightful)

kcbanner (929309) | more than 6 years ago | (#24518993)

Because changing your name shouldn't rid you of all the shit you threw at various fans. Changing your name after you know you fucked up is kinda a dick move, so they deserve this sort of treatment.

Re:Why still 'MediaSentry' (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519689)

Because changing your name shouldn't rid you of all the shit you threw at various fans. Changing your name after you know you fucked up is kinda a dick move, so they deserve this sort of treatment.

That's why they're paying for your meal.

Re:Why still 'MediaSentry' (5, Informative)

Rhapsody Scarlet (1139063) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519271)

Everytime I see this company mentioned on Slashdot, they're still referred to as 'MediaSentry (now SafeNet)'. Why? Is it because the MediaSentry name is still so evocative?

It's because the name change is just a cynical attempt to try and get rid of a name that has 'negative connotations' attached to it, like Palladium becoming the Next-Generation Secure Computing Base [wikipedia.org] , or the Security Systems and Standards Certification Act becoming the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act [wikipedia.org] . The new name is just designed to confuse people, so we list it alongside the old name to emphasize to everyone that nothing has changed, SafeNet is MediaSentry.

Re:Why still 'MediaSentry' (4, Insightful)

NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519321)

Everytime I see this company mentioned on Slashdot, they're still referred to as 'MediaSentry (now SafeNet)'. Why? Is it because the MediaSentry name is still so evocative?

It's because the name change is just a cynical attempt to try and get rid of a name that has 'negative connotations' attached to it, like Palladium becoming the Next-Generation Secure Computing Base [wikipedia.org], or the Security Systems and Standards Certification Act becoming the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act [wikipedia.org]. The new name is just designed to confuse people, so we list it alongside the old name to emphasize to everyone that nothing has changed, SafeNet is MediaSentry.

Well spoken. I'm not as eloquent. So I just say that a crook shouldn't be able to clean up his reputation by changing his name.

Re:Why still 'MediaSentry' (1)

Johnny Chinpo (1340653) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519445)

And Nazi supporters US Standard Oil changed their named to Exxon and were the proud owners of the Exxon Valdez

Re:Why still 'MediaSentry' (1, Flamebait)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519813)

And Nazi supporters grand pa Bush, IBM, Volksvagen, Mercedes....did not change name and yet nobody cares.

Re:Why still 'MediaSentry' (3, Insightful)

NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519275)

Everytime I see this company mentioned on Slashdot, they're still referred to as 'MediaSentry (now SafeNet)'. Why? Is it because the MediaSentry name is still so evocative? Just call them what they are and reference the fact that they are in fact that company that used to be called MediaSentry.

Mea culpa. I refer to them as MediaSentry. I don't think a crook should just be able to change its name and clean up its reputation that way.

Re:Why still 'MediaSentry' (3, Informative)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519587)

Just call them what they are and reference the fact that they are in fact that company that used to be called MediaSentry.

Oh, I get it, so you'd rather it was "SafeNet (Formerly Known As MediaSentry)"... What difference does it make? I'm sure a lot of people still refer to them as MediaSentry, either because they prefer to, or because they still think it's called that, internally and publicly, most likely because that is what it is still called.

Besides, there's no Wiki for SafeNet yet, only a line: "SafeNet - Owner of the online investigative company MediaSentry [wikipedia.org] ."

Considering I don;t really give a damn, and wont bother to invesitage further, I find it interesting that A: There's no Wiki, and B: On the MediaSentry wiki, it says they were hired for this, and C: http://www.mediasentry.com/ [mediasentry.com] does not redirect to http://www.safenet-inc.com/ [safenet-inc.com] it only mentions that SafeNet now owns MediaSentry, but MediaSentry still exists as a company.

And it's factually incorrect... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519927)

SafeNet is not a new name, SafeNet has been incorporated for about 25 years.
MediaSentry the company was acquired by SafeNet about 2-3 years ago. They didn't change their name to SafeNet they were bought by SafeNet.

BWAHAHAHA (4, Interesting)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 6 years ago | (#24518983)

This is such a crock.

China doesn't own the broadcast rights to the Olympics. The Olympic Committee does.

I wonder what other compromises the Olympic Committee made in Red China?

Besides, Media Sentry is a joke. They will soon be hacked out of existance.

Re:BWAHAHAHA (3, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519001)

Exactly, rule number 1 of running something online. If you make hackers mad, they will hack. I believe that Scientology learned that

read carefully (1)

l2718 (514756) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519203)

The IOC owns the broadcast rights -- but does the IOC actually produce any broadcasts? do they operate TV stations? In fact, one of the main sources of revenue for the IOC (i.e., one of the main ways they pay for the games) is by licensing the broadcast rights separately for each oountry.

The PRC owns the rights for broadcast in China. This is no different from NBC owning the broadcast rights in the US, or the CBC owning the rights in Canada. Note that the CBC is an arm of the Canadian government.

read carefully yourself (1)

Nymz (905908) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519341)

He wasn't moderated insightful for not RTFA, but for his declaration.

Media Sentry is a joke. They will soon be hacked out of existance.

Re:read carefully (2, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519499)

The IOC produces a "world feed" of all of the events that serves as the base for coverage in smaller nations. All the local team has to add is native language comments, and maybe a few closeup cameras for their nation's athletes in the event.

Re:BWAHAHAHA (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519425)

China's government owns the TV stations there, and TV stations buy the rights from their national Olympic comittee. Therefore, the government owns the rights to the games within China.

NBC owns the US rights to the Olympics, and therefore their webstreams are authorized for US viewers only. Canada? See the CBC. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Each country's broadcasters have a right to keep other broadcasts out, and a duty to keep their broadcasts contained within their area.

Re:BWAHAHAHA (1)

Entropy98 (1340659) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519731)

This is such a crock.

China doesn't own the broadcast rights to the Olympics. The Olympic Committee does.

Maybe they do, who knows what kind of deal they might have made.
--
Blackshot [blackshotfps.com]

Hired by heaven (1)

NovaHorizon (1300173) | more than 6 years ago | (#24518999)

I have a feeling these guys were just waiting for the chance to invoke extreme measures of DRM and are praising the idea that China will let them do anything they want as long as the DRM works..

Re:Hired by heaven (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519267)

The thing though is, as far as I know in China there is no DMCA. Now presumably there is some sort of copyright laws so it wouldn't be legal to download everything from TPB, but removing DRM (which, knowing MediaSentry it won't be hard) would be legal.

But, given as this is in China, they might just shoot you for breaking DRM.

If we're lucky ... (5, Funny)

aeschenkarnos (517917) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519005)

... the Chinese Government will blame these idiots for the (inevitable, unstoppable) YouTubing of the Olympics, and have them all beheaded.

would this perhaps (0, Troll)

deepgrey (1246108) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519051)

include some sort of torture before the beheading? If it does, I take back my comment about the PRC hosting the Olympics.

Re:would this perhaps (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519201)

Uh.. chinese torture at its finest involves planting bamboo under a horizontally suspended victim. The bamboo grows anyway, and slowly and painfully impales the victim until death days later.

Not a favorite of mine.

Re:If we're lucky ... (0, Troll)

Trespass (225077) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519063)

Now that I would pay to see.

Re:If we're lucky ... (4, Informative)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519075)

This is a perfect opportunity to point out that TVU Networks [tvunetworks.com] has a freely-available player, and loads of Chinese channels streaming across the internet at any given moment,... Good luck, MediaSentry guys! ;-)

pot, kettle. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519007)

Can I point out that the Chinese government make the RIAA types look fluffy by comparison?
Why, incidentally, would anyone want to pirate olympic coverage? The only thing to see in sports coverage is who won. You need only see it once for that. Piracy is for getting a persistent copy that can be viewed over-and-over. Unless the PRC are actively trying to prevent their people from watching the olympics, in which can one would assume that men with guns are the order of the day, not dishonest nerds.

Re:pot, kettle (1)

l2718 (514756) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519297)

The only thing to see in sports coverage is who won.

I take it you have no interest in actually watching sporting events? Well, many people do. If an event broadcast in the PRC but not in Canada, then Canadian viewers would love to watch "pirated" PRC signal. DRM is essential to supporting the IOC's (mistaken, IMO) policy of licensing exclusive broadcast rights separately for each country. This simply doesn't make sense with internet broadcasting. To be honest, locality-based restrictions also help advertizers -- paying per viewer makes little sense when some of the viewers may not be in the right country to buy your product ...

Personaly I think the IOC should license "online distribution" non-exclusively, and separately from the TV and Radio rights (which, being broadcasts, can be meaninfully limited territorially). Online distributors can then specialize by language, by locality, but also by sport or in other ways -- it should be up to them.

Re:pot, kettle. (1)

Krishnoid (984597) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519317)

The only thing to see in sports coverage is who won.

And the occasional football injury [youtube.com] , hockey injury [youtube.com] , hockey fight, etc.

On second thought, maybe you shouldn't click on those links.

Re:pot, kettle. (1)

urcreepyneighbor (1171755) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519797)

Why, incidentally, would anyone want to pirate olympic coverage?

Until foxy boxing [wikipedia.org] and robot combat [wikipedia.org] are included, not me!

Re:pot, kettle. (1)

z0idberg (888892) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519851)

The only thing to see in sports coverage is who won.

Isn't that like saying the only thing to see in a film or TV show is how it ends?

whaaa? (1)

brokenhorse (823552) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519011)

What you say? China concerned about piracy? There will prolly be a "commemorative" DVD of the games available next week.

Re:whaaa? (2, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519207)

China concerned about piracy?

I thought they added it as an Olympic sport this year?

Re:whaaa? (1, Insightful)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519467)

This is China, mooning every pirate in the world. (_*_)
This is what happens next. (_O_)

Tell me again (2, Insightful)

deepgrey (1246108) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519013)

why someone decided to let the PRC host the 2008 Olympic games.

Re:Tell me again (3, Insightful)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519073)

Some would say to help hasten and spread democratic ideals due to the large cultural exchange bound to happen with so many journalists and tourists in the country. Then again I'm sure PRC helped grease the wheels behind the scenes.

Re:Tell me again (5, Funny)

aeschenkarnos (517917) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519085)

Indeed! We'd never have let Nazi Germany host the Olympics!

of course not... (1)

deepgrey (1246108) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519129)

Jesse Owens never won those gold medals..

Re:of course not... (1)

aeschenkarnos (517917) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519309)

Let alone send out images of Adolf Hitler as our electromagnetic front ambassador to the galaxy ...

Re:Tell me again (1)

MagdJTK (1275470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519743)

Well, to be fair, the Nazis committed their atrocities *after* being awarded the games.

Re:Tell me again (1)

The Yuckinator (898499) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519151)

Because Toronto didn't grease enough IOC palms or perhaps they didn't grease them enough?

Re:Tell me again (2, Interesting)

z0idberg (888892) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519923)

I hadn't thought of it before but realised when I saw the starting time for the Opening Ceremony.

08:08pm 08/08/2008.

8 is a very lucky number in chinese culture. So I imagine they had a very big incentive to "win" the 2008 Olympics. Add this to Chinas amazingly strong economy, and the IOCs......questionable ...ethics in regards to bribes/payoffs then I think you can get the picture of how this one played out.

Who'd want to pirate the Olympics? (0, Troll)

The Fanta Menace (607612) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519025)

If I want to watch people running, I can go to my local park and do so for free.

Not that I would.

Re:Who'd want to pirate the Olympics? (3, Interesting)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519315)

If I want to watch people running, I can go to my local park and do so for free.

Out of curiosity, does this kind of fallacy have a name yet?

Try this: Why would anyone pay for WoW? If I want to play a game, I can fire up GnuChess [gnu.org] for free.

Although, it would still be more interesting to watch what the athletes do [scotsman.com] in their time off...

Re:Who'd want to pirate the Olympics? (1)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519637)

WoW and GnuChess have different content, the only difference between the people running in my park and the Olympics is the speed. People running in the park is like WoW on an old machine.

Re:Who'd want to pirate the Olympics? (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 6 years ago | (#24520053)

WoW and GnuChess have different content

Oh, content is all? Fine, if I want to watch some orcs, I'll watch some WoW videos. Leeroy Jenkins!

the only difference between the people running in my park and the Olympics is the speed.

And the people. (Olympic athletes are in top physical condition -- go read my other link!)

And the actual competition. (Are people in your park racing?)

And the fact that running isn't exactly the only event. People play chess in WoW, but WoW is much more than chess.

Clearly security is not an issue (1)

opieum (979858) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519031)

Seeing as Mediasentry has been breached and is near bankruptcy (This may bail them out?) This is not one of China's smarter moves. Allowing them to provide DRM for the olympics? May as well poke a hole in the Great Firewall, which is likley what will happen.

the DRM is just there for censorship not to stop c (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519037)

the DRM is just there for censorship not to stop copying.

Re:the DRM is just there for censorship not to sto (1)

PotatoFarmer (1250696) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519595)

Oh, well, that's ok then.

Wait, what?

This is rich (5, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519061)

China is arguable the largest pirate nation on the planet, who has next to zero respect for intellectual property of other nations.

Now that their money is at stake here, they want to protect their content.

Funny, that.

Re:This is rich (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519113)

Also, the Chinks have small penises.

Re:This is rich (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519193)

who has next to zero respect for intellectual property of other nations.

It may be _called_ "property" by some fucktards, but it amounts to the same thing as the chinese Party wants - iron-fisted control over the copying and spread of information. "intellectual property" is entirely in line with chinese Party policy and ideals - it's fundamentally anti-free-market, it is just capitalist-sounding newspeak for control over information distribution - something the chinese Party is renowned for desiring.

I've always said that the chinese government were natural allies of the copyrightist/patentist infofascists in the west. I've been proven right.

Re:This is rich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519479)

China is arguable the largest pirate nation on the planet, who has next to zero respect for intellectual property of other nations.

Now that their money is at stake here, they want to protect their content.

How is parent modded as informative? The press release (linked from t

Re:This is rich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519567)

China is arguable the largest pirate nation on the planet, who has next to zero respect for intellectual property of other nations.

Now that their money is at stake here, they want to protect their content.

(emphasis mine)

Why is this modded insightful? The press release (linked from the article) states very clearly this is about the broadcast rights inside China.

Is the performance of the athletes from other nations considered IP of other nations these days?

Re:This is rich (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519811)

Clearly you don't understand the statement. They steal IP from other countries all the time. The IP of other countries has nothing to do with the Olympics. It has everything to do with China not respecting IP.

China suddenly believes in IP when they have money at stake.

Re:This is rich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24520019)

The chinese _government_ has strongly supported I"P" for years. It's totally in keeping with their totalitarian ideals. But the chinese government's control over chinese pirates (and in general) is a whole lot weaker than people seem to understand in the west.

track record would be perfect in China (1)

d34thm0nk3y (653414) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519093)

Without all that pesky "due process" Media Sentry would have a perfect track record!

Oh the irony (1, Funny)

RelliK (4466) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519215)

China fights piracy.

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Are People that Dense? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519245)

I might be wrong here but I believe that MediaSentry is covering the Olympics, not MediaDefender, the company that is about to go bankrupt. The DRM of the Olympics is kind of screwed up though.

This surprises you? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519279)

Someone who has reasonable claim to being "the industry leader" based on quantity (certainly not quality) of related work was awarded a government contract. Stop the presses!

Seriously, this is the same reason Diebold (or whatever they're called now) sells so many voting machines in this country, or Windows 95 was chosen in the UK for "Windows for Warships".

Quality is a surprisingly low concern for MANY government contracts. If anything, it impresses me that our countries are so similar.

China's Cultural and Political Issues (1, Interesting)

TheHawke (237817) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519299)

Several friends have visited China over the years and all of them have said the same thing: Things just don't fit right. I mean, it all looks modern, spit and polish, but it just not fit in or fit right with what China is. They promote what they call a "progressively minded society" but restrict their citizens on so many levels it does not make sense in any way, shape or form. Their political infrastructure hearkens back to the bad old days after the Second World War, and is so insular in their thinking they do not understand why we wish their people to have more freedom. They think of themselves as the "Middle Kingdom" and believe that they are so above everyone else that their rules do not matter, only theirs. I think it might take a revolution just to kick loose a few basic rights for their people to enjoy. They may have had their Cultural Revolution that happened back in the 60's and 70's, but they still do not grasp the base logic of having a strong nation; it starts with giving the people their basic freedoms to criticize without being prosecuted, to have peaceful assemblies to protest certain issues, to have multiple religions of light, peace and tranquility, and to vote in people to steer the country towards whatever future they may have in mind.

Re:China's Cultural and Political Issues (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519769)

Don't you worry your little head about the Chinese, not while we can use a revolution here in the US.

Piracy in China? Never! (1)

Bob_Who (926234) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519307)

Eventually we will all be Chinese.

lol (1)

T3Tech (1306739) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519327)

Just the headline was enough to make me laugh.

editing out the smog (1)

wardk (3037) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519345)

does this control include the ability to edit out all the pollution during the sweeping views of paradise?

Enough, already (3, Insightful)

AdamHaun (43173) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519461)

Is there a way to hide copyright/RIAA/MPAA/piracy stories? They don't seem to show up under any consistent category or author. I know I can just scroll past them, but then I'm still stuck reading the summary of every blow-by-blow account of the copyright wars. I know, the *AAs are evil, copyright terms are too long, yeah, I get it, I got it ten years ago, I don't need to hear it repeated ad nauseum.

(Cue -1, Cares About Quality Of Slashdot mods)

this FP for GNAA.. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519545)

MOVIE [1mdb.co8] Surprise to the [klerck.org]? about 700 users

sprit of freedom and openness my arse (4, Interesting)

Brain Damaged Bogan (1006835) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519561)

FTFA:
"Aren't they supposed to be held in the spirit of freedom and openness?
Not in China."
yeah, blame china... The IOC doesn't have a track record for sending takedown notices / sueing to people displaying anything remotely Olympic branded:
http://news.sbs.com.au/worldnewsaustralia/ioc_sues_website_using_olympics_logos_552593 [sbs.com.au]
http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-7217512_ITM [accessmylibrary.com]
the IOC are just as bad as the MAFIIA, but they've got a perfect scapegoat to trial DRM this time around because the West aren't big fans of china as it is, so the IOC spin doctors say "we didn't want drm" publicly, while privately supporting the concept. /rant

The Olympics are pointless... (4, Insightful)

actionbastard (1206160) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519597)

In this day and age, competitions like this serve no purpose except to exploit the participants in these 'games'. Many, if not most, of those participating are hoping that they excel -just enough- to 'win the gold' so that they may secure lucrative product endorsement contracts with multi-national firms. Rarely, if ever, do any of these participants return for another try at Olympic glory after they have achieved -or failed to achieve- the brief stardom of the podium.

If they do return and win, they may land contracts for a breakfast cereal or two of note and they may appear on the box for a year or two until they have been largely forgotten by the public. Then they go on to write an 'inspirational' book about their 'struggle against all odds' to achieve Olympic stardom. Finally, as their notoriety reaches its nadir, they sign on to do a reality-based television show on the E! channel that exploits their pathetic downward spiral and their life on the lecture circuit 'inspiring' people.

hahaha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519639)

The PRC are idiot.

Good luck with uh...protecting the olympics from broadcast piracy...fucking idiots.

Sometimes I wonder if grown adults have full functioning brains. Even retarded people I personally know, consider this ideal on the part of the PRC...moronic. Oh well, nothing like real life experience to show you how stupid glutenous oppressive and inanely idiotic you are, this is just going to be one more stupid idea completely torn to pieces by the technical community.

Suck on that PRC morons.

Events for Hacker Olympics (5, Funny)

Nymz (905908) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519641)

  • Crack official websites, and alter front page.
  • Sneak cameras into events, and post cam torrents.
  • Crack DRM on region-limited video of events.
  • Moderate this post as funny, as quick as you can.

star wars plot??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519861)

This all kinda reminds me of a Star Wars prequel plot...

#irc.trolltalk.3om (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24519889)

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I don't get it. (1)

Zekasu (1059298) | more than 6 years ago | (#24519911)

Why do the Olympics need DRM anyway?

Does China make that much of a profit from bootleg DVDs of the Olympics?

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