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Pirate Bay taunts International Olympic Committee

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 19 Aug 2008 22:20 User comments (19)

Pirate Bay taunts International Olympic Committee Responding to a request from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the Swedish government for assistance in stopping recordings of the ongoing Beijing Olympics being shared, The Pirate Bay temporarily changed its name to The Beijing Bay and sported a new logo. The IOC had asked the Swedish government for direct intervention aimed at the notorious public BitTorrent tracker.
The Committee claims that over 1 million downloads containing footage from the Beijing Olympics resulted from them being tracked by the Pirate Bay. Most of the video downloads were of the long and controversial opening ceremony to the games. A logo showing a pirate ship attacking the IOC logo with canons appeared on the popular BitTorrent tracker temporarily.

The Swedish government has charged the operators of The Pirate Bay with copyright infringement offenses, but no date has been set for a trial to begin yet.

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19 user comments

119.8.2008 23:48

Oh great, here we go again.

220.8.2008 0:02

I like TPB current website logo..



XD.

320.8.2008 0:32

If the Olympic Games are for the world to watch, then let everyone watch them. So what if they are on Torrents. It's not like they sell DVD's of the events.

420.8.2008 0:50

Originally posted by sgriesch:
If the Olympic Games are for the world to watch, then let everyone watch them. So what if they are on Torrents. It's not like they sell DVD's of the events.
i was thinking exactly the same thing, arnt the olympics spossed to be the pinacle of a world coming together to enjoy a common love of sports, then why not let people watch via download from a torrent site.

520.8.2008 1:22
susieqbbb
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Big deal i stoped using the piratebay when there torrents started being searched by comcast and qwest and at&t.

620.8.2008 2:55

I totally agree with u2! These are for EVERYONE! Writers are not loosing any $! I understand that advertisers are not getting some of there advo time but i don't want to stay up till 3 a.m. if i want to watch a game! How can i be stealing something that my taxes help fund?
as a US citizen & tax payer I help[ed sent out teams there! I understand they put there time & energy into there sport but i put my life into my work also that helps support this! They do not get anything more or less my someone watching it over the web, tivo or a download!

720.8.2008 5:53
cousinkix
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Are they afraid that the world might see some real sports on the Pirate Bay? There isn't much to see on the crappy NBC prime time Olympics feeds in the USA. It's a constant deluge of gymnastics beaver shots almost every night. The monotony is broken with synchronized diving. I'm sick of these so-called events that depend entirely upon the opinions of judges.

NBC is hawking a Michael Phelps video by the way.

The real sports are on the alternate cable networks mostly during the overnight hours.

820.8.2008 6:32

I stopped using torrents all together and switched to giganews with SSL. I couldnt be any happier. $30 bucks a month isnt too much when you rake in alot more selling & you have the piece of mind that no one is watching or snooping on what you download :)

920.8.2008 6:43

@dude845

I love the new logo also =)

1020.8.2008 17:26

Originally posted by casemodd:
I stopped using torrents all together and switched to giganews with SSL. I couldnt be any happier. $30 bucks a month isnt too much when you rake in alot more selling & you have the piece of mind that no one is watching or snooping on what you download :)
Paying to steal things seems a little too far fetched for me.

1121.8.2008 1:34

Originally posted by sgriesch:
If the Olympic Games are for the world to watch, then let everyone watch them. So what if they are on Torrents. It's not like they sell DVD's of the events.
Actually they just announced a day or two ago that they are actually selling a DVD recording of the opening events and a few of the more popular events that is going to be released as soon as the full Olympic Games are done with. Who would of know?

1221.8.2008 1:34

Originally posted by sgriesch:
If the Olympic Games are for the world to watch, then let everyone watch them. So what if they are on Torrents. It's not like they sell DVD's of the events.
Actually they just announced a day or two ago that they are actually selling a DVD recording of the opening events and a few of the more popular events that is going to be released as soon as the full Olympic Games are done with. Who would of known?

1321.8.2008 2:09

You can't sell a public event, the Olypic games are a public event.
Hence the term Public. screw them way to go pirate bay.


This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 21 Aug 2008 @ 2:11

1421.8.2008 15:16
Irish13
Inactive

In Canada, you can watch the olympics on CBC.ca. Give it a try it's quite good and has much better coverage than NBC. Sorry about the late headsup though.

1522.8.2008 0:44

Quote:
Originally posted by sgriesch:
If the Olympic Games are for the world to watch, then let everyone watch them. So what if they are on Torrents. It's not like they sell DVD's of the events.
Actually they just announced a day or two ago that they are actually selling a DVD recording of the opening events and a few of the more popular events that is going to be released as soon as the full Olympic Games are done with. Who would of known?
Yeah, I saw that the day after I posted. I don't feel like that is really NBC's item to sell though. The events were drummed up to represent the world, not make profits for the media company contracted to record it.

1622.8.2008 16:50

@cousinkix...so whats wrong with beavershots?

1722.8.2008 19:24

I go to qtrax now legal licensed p2p check it now its up and running tons of music

1825.8.2008 3:39

Originally posted by DXR88:
You can't sell a public event, the Olypic games are a public event.
Hence the term Public. screw them way to go pirate bay.

they don't, they sell the rights to re-boardcast it.

same deal with concerts etc, they are also public but your not meant to bootleg the music tracks etc.

I have the opening and closing recorded in HD anyway plus some extra stuff, I was thinking of putting some of it onto youtube but the IOC have a seprate channel setup and ban anyone from uploading stuff onto youtube.

I also find it strange but money is the real driving factor not what is being done.

1927.8.2008 20:38

Quote:
I also find it strange but money is the real driving factor not what is being done.

This is it in a nutshell. It was always the intent of NBC to sell the opening ceremonies on DVD. Just as I believe there will shortly be a DVD of the closing ceremonies, too.

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