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IOC intends to block webcasts of 2002 Olympics

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 24 Nov 2001 5:26

International Olympic Committee is going to restrict 2002 Winter Olympics webcasts just as they did for the 2000 Summer Olympics. IOC has hired London-based company, Copyright Control Services, to find websites that try to violate IOC's copyrights.
This time the problem is not going to be as bad as it was in Sydney 2000, because now the games are held in U.S. and NBC is going to broadcast most of the events live, unlike in Sydney where no live material was available for American sports fans, just bunch of time-shifted events in prime time TV.

Copyright Control Services is going to monitor the Net using spiders and experienced surfers who can find websites offering links to illegal streams. The reason for webcast ban is money -- one third of Salt Lake City's Winter Olympics budget comes from broadcasting rights and obviously TV channels who have paid for the rights don't want competition for their broadcasts.

Source: The Salk Lake Tribune

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