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IOC Wants Olympic Torrents Off The Pirate Bay

Monday, August 18th, 2008

This is an article from: TorrentFreak

IOC Wants Olympic Torrents Off The Pirate Bay:

In an official letter to Swedish Minister of Justice Beatrice Alm, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked for ‘assistance’ from the Swedish government with preventing video clips from the Olympic Games in Beijing to be shared on The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay, however, does not plan to take anything down, and renamed their tracker to The Beijing Bay.

pirate bay olympicsThe IOC wants the Swedish government to help remove torrents with Olympic Material – which they claimed have been downloaded more than 1 million times – from The Pirate Bay and also want the government to assist in preventing clips from the Olympics closing ceremonies to be shared.

Apparently the IOC has been reading the article we wrote last week, which showed that millions of people are downloading the Olympic opening ceremony on BitTorrent. In the meantime, several other Olympic clips have been posted. Although these are not as popular as the opening ceremony, the gymnastics finals and other events get close to 50.000 downloads.

The press secretary of the Minister of Justice has stated that it is primarily clips from the Opening ceremonies that the IOC wants to stop. The Committee also questions the legal situation and wants to be informed on whether they can take measures themselves to prohibit videos of the Olympics to be shared.

It’s interesting that the IOC chose to contact the Swedish government, instead of The Pirate Bay. They probably realize that sending a takedown notice wouldn’t be that effective. Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde told TorrentFreak: ‘I think it’s good that IOC understands that they will get nowhere with sending a legal threat to us. It shows they’re smart and without manners.’

‘We were going to ignore the Olympics, but now we’re loading our cannons. Our weapons of mass distribution is pointed towards China.’ The first action The Pirate Bay took is creating a new logo for the site, and renaming it to The Beijing Bay. In true Pirate Bay style the front page logo now links to the tag ‘give us the gold,’ Peter said.

The tag refers to the incident with the Swedish wrestler last week, who tossed away his bronze medal after he lost his chance on a Gold medal because of an error made by the jury. Peter told us: ‘I also hope that the Swedish government will report back to them and tell them to give us the gold that the IOC stole from the Swedish wrestler. And to tell them to not host the Olympics in a country without any human rights.’

Of course, the solution to IOC’s BitTorrent problem is easy. By not televising the closing ceremonies, the IOC not only hinders filesharers, but also makes sure VHS tapers worldwide won’t be able to steal the Olympic spirit. Sounds like a winner.

US File Sharer Settling With RIAA for $756 a Song

Monday, August 18th, 2008

File Sharer Settling With RIAA for $756 a Song: “A Bronx woman agrees to pay the Recording Industry Association of America $6,050 for purloining eight tracks on the Kazaa file sharing network. That’s $756.25 per song. The largest penalty ordered in an RIAA file sharing lawsuit was $9,250 per track.

(Via Wired News.)

Britain’s youngest terrorist, Hammaad Munshi, faces jail after guilty verdict – Times Online

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Britain’s youngest terrorist, Hammaad Munshi, faces jail after guilty verdict – Times Online: “From Times Online
August 18, 2008


A 16-year old schoolboy faces a jail term after being convicted today as Britain’s youngest terrorist.

Hammaad Munshi, who was taking his GCSEs when he was arrested, was part of a cell of cyber-groomers which set out to brainwash the vulnerable to kill ‘non-believers’. He was convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court of making a record of material likely to be useful for terrorism over a guide to the manufacture of napalm.

For nearly a year the teenager, whose grandfather is a leading Islamic scholar, led a double life, the court heard. By day he attended lessons at the local comprehensive, and did as he was told. But in the evening, he spent hours surfing jihadist sites and distributing material to others as part of what the Crown branded a ‘worldwide conspiracy’ to ‘wipe out’ non-Muslims.

The court heard that that material contained included instructions about making napalm, other high explosives, detonators, and grenades, and ‘how to kill’.


Internet paedophile ‘librarian’ jailed

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Internet paedophile ‘librarian’ jailed: “A paedophile who acted as a ‘librarian’ for a global internet child abuse ring was handed an indefinite jail term today after one of the biggest undercover police investigations into online child abuse”

(Via Latest news, sport, business, comment and reviews from the Guardian |

Three found guilty of web extremism plot

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Three found guilty of web extremism plot: “

Jihadi literature spread online

Three British Muslims face prison after a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court in London today found them guilty of involvement in an online plot to spread jihadism.…

(Via The Register – Public Sector.)

Closing net

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Closing net: “How surveillance snared UK jihadist ring”

(Via BBC News.)

Man, 18, guilty of terror charge

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Man, 18, guilty of terror charge: “Three men – including a teenager – are found guilty of possessing documents promoting terrorism.”

(Via BBC News.)

Britain’s terror laws have left me and my family shattered

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Britain’s terror laws have left me and my family shattered: “Comment is free: Hicham Yezza: I am innocent yet was detained without charge in solitary confinement for days on end. It was a devastating experience”

(Via Latest news, sport, business, comment and reviews from the Guardian |

MoJ admits data breaches affecting 45,000

Monday, August 18th, 2008

MoJ admits data breaches affecting 45,000: “

Long arm of the law has butter fingers

The Ministry of Justice has reported eight data breach incidents affecting around 45,000 people.…

(Via The Register – Public Sector.)