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Anti-Piracy Dog Uncovers Huge Cache of Discs

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the follow-your-nose dept.

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sgt scrub writes "I've never thought about sniffing my CDs before buying them but that is all about to change. According to this Yahoo! news article, dogs can be trained to tell the difference between a legit copy of a DVD and one from those pesky pirates. From the article, 'A DVD-sniffing anti-piracy dog named Paddy has uncovered a huge cache of 35,000 discs in Malaysian warehouses, many destined for export to Singapore, industry officials said on Wednesday. Paddy was given to Malaysia by the MPA to help close down piracy syndicates, which churn out vast quantities of illegal DVDs. The dog is specially trained to detect chemicals in the discs.'" We ran a story about anti-piracy dogs being trained in Ireland a few years ago.

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283 comments

And the blind? (0, Flamebait)

SalaSSin (1414849) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214633)

just great, instead of training dogs to help guide handicapped people, they use them for useless stuff like this.

Way to go, humanity!

Re:And the blind? (5, Funny)

Scragglykat (1185337) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214663)

Now the blind won't have to worry so much about being sold pirated copies of their favorite movi... oh... nevermind.

Re:And the blind? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214845)

There's always subtitles... oh

Re:And the blind? (1)

Scragglykat (1185337) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215471)

You mean like Das Boot, Below, and 20,000 Leagues?

Re:And the blind? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214671)

False dilemma. We can do both.

Re:And the blind? (1, Funny)

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Re:And the blind? (5, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214675)

instead of training dogs to help guide handicapped people

They are; the heads of organisations like the MPA clearly have learning difficulties.

Re:And the blind? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214697)

Yes, because clearly if the police didn't train them for this, they'd be out training dogs for the handicapped. Society obviously works this way. As a species we're incapable of doing two things at once. Troll.

Re:And the blind? (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215005)

I believe that writing such a falsehood as if it were true makes you the troll.

Re:And the blind? (1)

TheP4st (1164315) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215465)

Yes, because clearly if the police didn't train them for this, they'd be out training dogs for the handicapped.

The money spent on training the dog to sniff for pirated CD's could have been used for something more useful like, training a dog for a blind person. So yes.

Re:And the blind? (2, Insightful)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214977)

Are Irish Labrador good seeing eye dogs?
So breeds aren't very good at the job

Re:And the blind? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28215117)

Ey, so why are you wasting time on Slashdot when you could be helping the blind or something equally useful?

Also, I hope you're posting from a library computer or something because if you bought your own instead of buying one for a school or something then you're going to hell!

Re:And the blind? (1)

bitt3n (941736) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215501)

he's absolutely right. why are we needlessly giving these jobs to dogs when we could be employing the blind?

First post (-1, Offtopic)

nomorecwrd (1193329) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214647)

I smell a first post.
Sorry.

Dear Slashdot, (5, Insightful)

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Re:Dear Slashdot, (3, Insightful)

russlar (1122455) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215013)

+1

Help! Help! My iPhone 3G is stuck in my butt! (-1, Troll)

robmaldasgaylover (1569703) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214665)

Can someone from Slashdot be kind enough to help me extricate my iPhone 3G from the inside of my anus? Rob Malda shoved it up there and I can't get it to come back out.

Steak. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214673)

I plan to coat all of my real DVD's in steak, that should distract 'em!

So the dog go off on any dvd-r (3, Interesting)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214679)

So the dog go off on any dvd-r so it will go off even on blank disks?

How about just data only disks with no movies on them?

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214721)

what about CD's or floppy disks or SD cards even?

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (5, Funny)

cjfs (1253208) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214731)

How about just data only disks with no movies on them?

Well, the title says "Anti-Piracy Dog" so it must have a means of smelling the contents of the disk. Given most movies lately, I don't envy it.

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (1)

gringofrijolero (1489395) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214997)

That would be Triumph the Critic-Dog deciding which one of your disks are ready to poop on.

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215059)

Wait, so if it's an anti-piracy dog, can it go "Arrrf"?

Does it like sniffing arrrses like most dogs?

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28215237)

Does it like sniffing arrrses like most dogs?

Quite the contrary actually, it learned it's lesson after hanging around the MPA execs for so long.

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (5, Interesting)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214783)

I doubt there's any difference in the type of polycarbonate used for pirated DVDs versus legitimate ones.... Chances are, they are trained to smell a significant concentration of any optical media in a single place. If they smell a trace of polycarbonate, e.g. a dozen DVDs, that's not suspicious. If they smell 35,000 of the things and the warehouse isn't a disc manufacturing company, a computer company, or a computer/movie/music store, such a high concentration of media in one place screams "professional pirates"....

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (3, Insightful)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214871)

I was going to post this exact thing, but I thought, what the heck? It's so obvious, someone must have beaten me too it. I'm surprised I had to scroll down this far to find common sense. And before you ask, no, I'm not new here.

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (2, Interesting)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214887)

That sounds like the most plausible option. If you read the BBC article from the older story it's very clear that they couldn't tell the difference between burned and pressed discs (which I found a little surprising, actually, with all the chemicals in the dye of DVD-Rs) and even if they have improved on their training since then, I wouldn't expect 35,000 discs to be burned anyway.

Like you said, I'm assuming they went sniffing around the warehouse marked "Completely Legal Food Co." and found that the crates of bananas smelled like a whole lot of polycarbonate.

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (1)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214943)

My guess is that it isn't the polycarbonate (which is common enough that the dogs would be in a constant frenzy), but rather the chemicals used in the dyes in burnable media (cyanide compounds, IIRC) which are aren't present in stamped media.

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (3, Interesting)

nabsltd (1313397) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214975)

If they smell 35,000 of the things and the warehouse isn't a disc manufacturing company, a computer company, or a computer/movie/music store, such a high concentration of media in one place screams "professional pirates"

The last place I worked, we had an 8-tray DVD duplicator/printer, and bought blank disks in palette loads, and we weren't any of the types of companies that you listed, although we did use computers a lot (as do most places these days).

We used them entirely for distributing content that either we had personally created or that clients gave us the rights to duplicate for them. Some of the content was commecials that you've probably seen on TV, and some was computer programs written in-house.

Maybe today we'd go with a commercial duplicator, but back then you could get a 100 copy run at all (or at least not for less than extortionate prices).

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (3, Interesting)

Moryath (553296) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215025)

As opposed to me buying a shipment of, say, 500 Taiyo Yuden DVD+r's so that I'm set for my monthly backup regimen?

Please.

"We got a dog that smells something that we usually associate with the smell of something that might be in some way be used to commit a crime."

Bullshit. You got the same quality dog as the fucking "drug sniffing" dog that tore apart my luggage in O'Hare because I'd packed (nicely sealed up and everything) a box of frozen bratwurst with a 24-hour gelpack block to bring home as a gift to my roommate. I suppose I COULD be meaning to bludgeon him to death with frozen bratwurst, but I really doubt it.

This sort of "search" crap is beyond stupid. Either search something, or don't, but don't pretend that your "search dog", who in his/her downtime has hobbies that include sniffing and licking his/her own genitalia, is justification for doing so.

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215223)

I don't know about that. Perhaps the dog's just trained to smell permanent marker. Some of those fake DVDs aren't all that high quality ;-)

What about the real pirates (1)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215283)

Why don't they train these dogs to hunt down some REAL pirates.

Oh, I forgot, THOSE [nation.co.ke] they just capture, then release!

Damn, governments are stupid....

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214787)

So the dog go off on any dvd-r so it will go off even on blank disks?

How about just data only disks with no movies on them?

It wouldn't surprise me that "burned" DVD-R have a slightly different smell than a normal one, something that a dog can detect.

OTOH, I would think big time pirate would just professionally "press" a dvd rather than burning them? No clue.

35,000 DVDs of garbage (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215371)

I dare the dog to bust me for 35,000 DVDs worth of output from /dev/random.

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214947)

If you ever buy a stack of 50-100 DVDs, take the plastic off, and smell the roll......damn its potent...I would be wondering if the chemicals are hazardous for the beast. They sure burnt my sense of smell for a few minutes...

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (2, Funny)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215037)

They are trained to smell Sharpie pen ink. So don't label your DVD rips!

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (3, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215141)

It's the parrot crap they smell. It has nothing to do with the actual disks. They just don't want the pirates to know, so that they won't de-parrot the disks.

Re:So the dog go off on any dvd-r (1)

bitt3n (941736) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215515)

I've heard that cocaine traffickers screw with drug dogs using capsicum powder. maybe the same thing would work here using copies of Gigli.

Smells like a made up story... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214685)

...to scare the kids.

So.... (4, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214687)

So apparently recording agencies are able to do anything except record good music. They can bribe judges, hire lawyers, buy congress, complain, make commercials and now train dogs. You would think that with all this money they could come up with a working business model other then abusing the legal system.

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214777)

except record good music

The recording industry wants music that will sell. That does not necessarily mean good music.

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214919)

You forgot to preface that with

Sorry Charlie,

The [mega-star kissing] recording industry wants music that will sell, not necessarily good music.

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28215233)

You meant to say

Sorry Charlie,

The [mega-starfish kissing] recording industry wants music that will sell, not necessarily good music.

Re:So.... (2, Insightful)

fooslacker (961470) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215145)

except record good music

The recording industry wants music that will sell. That does not necessarily mean good music.

Actually good music often sells. The problem is predicting which music is good and marketable. So instead they make poor copies of something else that once sold then try to manufacture a market around it. It's a bad business model if you have the ability to actually create something marketable and unique and you're willing to risk several busts prior to boom. If on the other hand you're trying to make ever move a monetary success and you lack the ability to produce unique works yourself and you're burdened with expensive middlemen who do little to contribute to the quality of the end product it's the model you're stuck with.

Re:So.... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214779)

If someone is profiting from selling 35,000 copies of something you put together to sell youself, how is it abuse of the legal system to try to stop them?

Re:So.... (2, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214799)

If the problem were seriously bad music would be people be pirating it. That is the worst possible justification of piracy ever. Besides these are people selling fraudulent copies. Real album covers, real stores, real money. Their goal is to make money off of work they did not create. It's slimy and evil, and they have no sympathy from me.

Re:So.... (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214855)

The problem isn't "bad" music but rather "fad" music (which, indecently usually sounds horrible) artists that are "cool" today and then tomorrow you wouldn't be caught dead with their CD. Because of that, people want cheap music to fill up their iPods and CD collections. Even $.99 is too much for some people for a song they might listen to only a few times.

Sure, we can all agree that this occasion was good because they were making a profit, but how much longer till it starts targeting the average person? We used to think before the RIAA went on a suing spree that no one would ever sue for non-profit personal use of items, but the RIAA proved us wrong. Today its not an abuse of the legal system however with the record company's actions in recent years it soon will be.

Re:So.... (2, Insightful)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214823)

I'm not saying I don't have any illegitimate copies of software/movies/music, but I also don't try to pretend that having these objects is completely ok. If you don't like the way their business model is run, the only right way to protest it is to not consume the media in any way. If you pirate it, you are basically saying that the product is worth something to you, but that you don't want to pay the price they are asking for it.

Re:So.... (2, Informative)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214961)

Sure, the only right way to protest it is to not buy things and I usually avoid RIAA-based labels with a passion and only buy them if they are a unique band that I want to hear the style more in more artists (Such as Nightwish), I only really listen to RIAA labels on YouTube or internet radio and don't download them over P2P, that said I believe that its a fundamental right of technology to make backups and within reason to download things for non-commercial use. Sure, the current legal system disagrees but I really hope that changes in the next few years.

Yes, sometimes the content is good but you don't want to pay the price to the middleman. There are some bands that if I could I'd buy records directly from the band, I like the band but don't like the label, so I go to concerts so support the band more directly.

I also believe that the current prices are quite high on music, especially with the addition of $1.29 songs on iTunes. A better price point would be below $.50 with all songs downloadable on an album.

So in conclusion, I believe that morally you should have a right to copy and download, legally I know that you do not and I try to stay away from illegal downloading simply because its illegal but yet I do believe strongly in a right to download.

Re:So.... (2, Insightful)

kaiser423 (828989) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214831)

who says that abusing the legal system isn't a viable business model? Lots do it.

Re:So.... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214913)

You would think that with all this money they could come up with a working business model other then abusing the legal system.

Why would they?

As you observed, they can already "bribe judges, hire lawyers, buy congress, complain, make commercials and now train dogs" -- why change your business model when you can do all of that to prop up the one you have?

Cheers

Re:So.... (-1, Troll)

Teckla (630646) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215051)

So apparently recording agencies are able to do anything except record good music.

In your opinion...

They can bribe judges,

[Citation needed]

hire lawyers,

Anyone can hire lawyers.

buy congress,

You must be new here (to the United States).

complain,

Anyone can complain. You're doing it now!

make commercials

Uh...OK...

and now train dogs.

Yeah, so? It worked, didn't it?

You would think that with all this money they could come up with a working business model other then abusing the legal system.

How did you go from "trained dog" to "legal system abused"?

With how much ranting about music goes on around here, you would think they were taking away your food or something else that's actually important instead...

Get a grip. Don't buy their product if you don't want it (or don't like the strings attached). Simple as that.

Not exactly (1)

Weezul (52464) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215099)

Commercial music is designed for easy marketability, like most other consumer products. Examples :

(1) Apples exist in numerous different varieties all over the wold. We don't eat the best tasting ones, not by far, we eat the ones that still look red after being shipped.

(2) Potato chip companies made chips without added sugar for years because taste tests shows people preferred potato chips without sugar. But then some clever bastard noticed that people eat more chips if they add sugar. So now they ignore the taste tests, make bad tasting chips, and trust the people to buy 2x more chips.

Why should commercial music be any different? I mean, they just only care if you buy it, so they make what successfully gets people to buy it.

Re:So.... (1)

Jartan (219704) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215345)

You can hardly blame them for trying to stop people making actual physical copies for illegal resale. I'm all for bashing them for their evils but training a dog to sniff out optical media isn't exactly something from the Dr Evil pet tricks handbook.

Who knew... (4, Funny)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214689)

Who knew that the evil bit had a smell?

Re:Who knew... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28215435)

Of course it does.

It smells evil....

DVD smell (3, Funny)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214693)

On the rare occasion that a pirated DVD winds up in my house, the smell is very distinctive pretty quickly.

Mainly because it spins once as fast as it can be ripped and then stinks of burned plastic when it comes out of the microwave.

That dog would have no problem finding my house.

sounds like (0, Troll)

Presto Vivace (882157) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214703)

a very clever solution.

The .. smell.. of a cd/dvd -r? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214707)

Strangely enough, I've had a conversation or two with some friend and have confirmed with those handful at least that (at least new) cd-rs smell something akin to celery.
If you find it odd that I'm smelling cds, please note I have poor vision so am usually holding the cds close to see the plastic covering often found on binding the cds in the spindle together so i can remove it.

Mostly 'tested' on Memorex brand cd-rs.

Re:The .. smell.. of a cd/dvd -r? (1)

orngjce223 (1505655) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214803)

I'd noticed that the DVDs given out as school yearbooks (this was 2 or 3 years ago) smelled strongly of brown sugar. Same idea, different products.

my "backups" (2, Funny)

teac77 (1152415) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214711)

Just keep the dog away from my "backups".

Water Marks (2, Funny)

mseeger (40923) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214713)

Hi,

Has probably something to do with detecting watermarks.... At least they're fond to set new "watermarks" everywhere.

Yours, Martin

Next logical step (0)

ThePlague (30616) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214715)

The next logical step would be to cross-train bomb-sniffing and drug-sniffing dogs to detect pirated DVDs as well. I would imagine the training is similar, and I see no reason a dog couldn't be trained to react to three separate categories of smells.

Re:Next logical step (3, Funny)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214921)

Success! We've trained this dog to sniff out bombs and counterfeit DVDs. Unfortunatly, all he can do now is detect fake copies of Uwe Boll films...

Re:Next logical step (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215257)

Unfortunatly, all he can do now is detect fake copies of Uwe Boll films...

Isn't that sentence somewhat redundant?

How does the dog do this? (2, Interesting)

Bryan Gividen (739949) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214723)

Does anyone have information on how the dog distinguishes between the CDs physically? I would assume that there is some chemical difference in the materials that the CDs are composed of. Does anyone have a link or info on this?

Re:How does the dog do this? (1)

sizzzzlerz (714878) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214805)

The smell of copyright infringement just sets them off.

Re:How does the dog do this? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214955)

They don't, they just smell out the CDs. So if the dog starts going crazy at a warehouse, you check to see if the warehouse is supposed to have CDs. If it the warehouse isn't, chances are you found a pirate stash. Arrrrrrr.

Re:How does the dog do this? (3, Informative)

Rary (566291) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214989)

The dog is simply trained to smell chemicals used to manufacture CDs/DVDs if they're in a large enough concentration (like, say, 35,000 in a warehouse). It's up to the investigators to decide if they're counterfeit or not (which can't be too difficult if they find, say, 35,000 in a warehouse that has no records of legitimate CDs/DVDs being stored in it).

The original story [bbc.co.uk] has details.

works in countries (2, Insightful)

nimbius (983462) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214735)

that hop into bed with the RIAA and MPAA, but i dont see china or other countries allowing this anytime soon.

we're also assuming there is readable evidence on the disks which is not, say, encrypted by GPG.

i thought we all used torrents these days anyway?

Re:works in countries (2, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214789)

It works for any country that has deceived its citizens with "terrorism" because we all know that all pirated movie sales go to terrorism or child pornography or some other made-up social ill that the governments dream up. Because we all know that it NEVER goes to putting food on the table or supporting the local economy or anything like that.

Never mind DVD sniffing... (4, Funny)

murr (214674) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214781)

If they train a dog to sniff out Bittorrent packets, I'll be truly impressed.

Re:Never mind DVD sniffing... (3, Funny)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215041)

They did that, but then WoW released a patch and it went into a coma...

Animal Cruelty! (2, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214791)

Some of the movies made recently reek so bad I would worry about them permanently damaging the poor dogs nose.

More reason to support piracy! (3, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214793)

If everyone stops buying and producing pirated DVDs, the dogs will no longer be useful and MPA will kill them to save on dog food.

Re:More reason to support piracy! (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214927)

Do you really want poor Lassie to die? Lassie will DIE -- killed by the MPAA -- unless YOU start buying pirated DVDs TODAY!

This is a public service message brought to you by Asian Organized Crime for Pirated DVDs (AOCPD)

Misleading summary (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214807)

The dogs don't smell the bits on the discs and determine if they spell out "Pirate!" or "Legit.". The dogs smell out optical discs and thats it. Then they take the dogs and go to a shipment/warehouse/whatever that isn't supposed to have any discs in it, and let the dog loose. If they find discs, chances are the discs are illegal in some way. And it turns out that people who smuggle pirated copies don't have them clearly marked on their manifest.

So yeah, the dogs find discs. Officials check to see if there are supposed to be discs here. If not, they probably just sniffed out illegal discs. You know, because if they were legal discs, you'd just put them on the manifest.

Re:Misleading summary (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215097)

You know, because if they were legal discs, you'd just put them on the manifest.

Unless you're trying to avoid import/export taxes, of course. In which case, they'd want to find them anyway, so they can tax them.

THAT is piracy (4, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214849)

Every time I hear of copyright infringement being called theft or piracy it just bugs me. If you think it is, you're wrong and the law backs up the "slashdot accepted definition" perfectly. The piracy that is most targetted are illegal copies FOR SALE. These are the same illegal copies that the DVD CSS does not prevent. These are the same illegal copies that never needed the DMCA.

This story illustrates precisely what piracy is when it comes to copyrighted media.

Re:THAT is piracy (1)

CaseCrash (1120869) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215039)

So they hijacked a ship, stole all their dvds and put them in the warehouse? Arrr!

Let Me Guess . . . (2, Funny)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214859)

25,000 copies of BOLT.

7,500 copies of Lady and the Tramp

2,500 copies of Reservoir Dogs

Re:Let Me Guess . . . (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215007)

One of these movies has nothing to do with dogs.

How about Homeward Bound?

Re:Let Me Guess . . . (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215055)

Or Marley and Me...

Re:Let Me Guess . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28215091)

He meant the Disney version of Lady and the Tramp, not the porno version.

Re:Let Me Guess . . . (1)

fluffernutter (1411889) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215017)

..or maybe 101 * 35,000 = 3,535,000 Dalmatians?

time to pack discs in coffee grounds (2, Insightful)

MoFoQ (584566) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214861)

I guess it's time to pack discs in coffee grounds.

And for the pirates....to buy shitloads of blanks and place them all over to throw the sniffing dogs off their trail.

Re:time to pack discs in coffee grounds (4, Informative)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215155)

http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/node/8634 [cannabisculture.com]

I have found pot wrapped in plastic, layered next in mustard, followed by a tinfoil layer, smeared with grease, re-wrapped with more plastic and finally blanketed with scented dryer sheets and dropped into coffee grounds!

Wrong way (2, Funny)

greyline (1052440) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214875)

I think the MPA is just barking up the wrong tree here

sex with a 7agorz (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28214881)

playing so it's IT WIIL BE AMONG if desired, we Towels on the floor

Not from the onion? (3, Insightful)

Jasper__unique_dammi (901401) | more than 5 years ago | (#28214885)

No, the dog cannot smell the difference between copyright infringement, and regular baked CDs. (Often mistaken with piracy, despite the lack of taking ships with the use of force and the lack of raping.) This looks like they just made a premise to allow them police to search any house which happens to have written to rw cds/dvds, however, the bbc story implies that these dogs are for searching for more mass-production of cd/dvd writing.

It's because pirates stink, duh! (2, Informative)

socz (1057222) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215031)

The reason the dogs can tell the difference is because pressed and burnt dvd's aren't made the same. Pressed uses less layers and different materials. Burnable uses inks that is what probably gives them away as "pirated."

That and being a pirate/biker myself (pirate by blood, my great grandfather was a Spanish pirate in Campeche!) we stink. So apparently we need to improve our hygiene! BTW have you seen Anakata lately? Now do you believe me about hygiene... :P

wish I was a dog (1)

fluffernutter (1411889) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215035)

Yeah I guess chasing down pesky armed robbers, rapists, and wife beaters was too hard.. Man even todays generation of DOGS has it easy.

Re:wish I was a dog (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215413)

Re:your signature - has there really ever been a $300K fine levied against anyone for downloading a single mp3? If so where and when did it happen?
And I don't know where you live, but where I live jaywalking is a $180 fine.

Black Sharpie (2, Funny)

iFiLa (1217788) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215087)

All you need is a black Sharpie marker and it throws the dogs off.

i know that smell (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215089)

must be the smell of rum

Mod me down, but... (5, Insightful)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215101)

...aren't these the guys we _want_ the MPAA/RIAA to go after? These are the commercial infringers who are operating outside of the law for profit. I'll be happy to argue with you guys (i.e. - on your side) all day about personal use not being an infringing act, but this - imho - is exactly what the copyright laws are written for.

Those aren't pirate DVDs (2, Funny)

Cajun Hell (725246) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215185)

They're just local cache for TPB!

Misconception (3, Interesting)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215227)

The story doesn't say the dogs can tell the difference between a legit DVD and an illegal copy. I'd guess the dogs are trained to find DVDs, period. If said DVDs are in crates stacked in some warehouse where they shouldn't be, then the dog has found some pirated DVDs.

But really, what legitimate reason do you guys have for disliking this - other than a general hatred of the MPA? Unlike many/most of the tactics used by that organization and its spawn, this seems reasonable. But so far in this discussion I've seen a lot of silliness and/or venom being contributed, but very little intelligent thought.

Yes, they smell different! Try it! (4, Interesting)

jriskin (132491) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215327)

I just opened a spool of CD-R's, DVD-Rs, and compared them to Pressed DVD/CD's. The burned disks are QUITE STRONG in oder and its EASY to tell the difference even between CD-R and DVD-R at least with the disks I'm smelling. While they may have trained the dogs to smell for all of it, the dogs nose is WAY more sensitive than mine and I can easily distinguish after smelling a few.

Dogs would have ZERO problem telling them apart. It should be fairly trivial to give dogs a sampling of various burned media and then have them sniff them out.

I'm surprised people even think this is even far fetched. Sound pretty straight forward to me. But, then again i'm practical and the first thing I tried was smelling a bunch of media...

Well, (4, Funny)

James Skarzinskas (518966) | more than 5 years ago | (#28215353)

That's funny, because my dog's trained to sniff out bullshit. She's getting really yappy right about now, too.
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