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Feed Techdirt: Olympic Bloggers Learn The Rules; First Rule: No Blogging Anything Interesting (techdirt.com)

The International Olympic Committee is known for their ridiculously overreaching attempts to claim intellectual property rights over all aspect of the games -- including various efforts to have laws changed just to give the Olympics special trademark and copyright protection that would bar things that would normally be considered fair use. At the 2004 Olympics, we noted how ridiculous it was that the IOC even banned athletes from blogging anything about the event, afraid that it would upset the media companies who paid their millions of dollars for "exclusive" rights. About a year ago, they promised that for the 2008 Olympics they would allow some blogging, but the rules had yet to be set. Now, the IOC has come out with the official blogging rules for athletes participating in the Beijing Olympics, and they seem particularly burdensome.

Bloggers will not be able to post any audio or video (remember, that might upset the media partners). They can post still photos but only if they were taken outside of "accredited" areas or inside those areas if no sporting events can actually be seen in the photos. In other words: please make your blog posts as boring as possible and make sure they don't include any of the stuff that people might be interested in. Then there's a bit of a contradiction, as the rules state that blog posts should "adhere to the Olympic spirit," but that "there should be no commercial reference or advertising." That's funny. I thought commercial references and advertising were the Olympic spirit.

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Microsoft

Submission + - DRM Drives ex-Microsoft Employee to Linux (news.com)

mytrip writes: "A security expert who once worked for Microsoft has said he may dump the company's Windows Media Center in favor of Ubuntu-affiliated LinuxMCE after struggling with the software giant's digital-rights management software.

Johansson said that DRM software is not only ineffective, but a waste of money that is damaging businesses attempting to use it to control the way consumers use copyright material.

"How many billions has the industry spent on DRM schemes that the bad guys break in weeks? How many perfectly legitimate users has the industry annoyed and driven away? How many lost DVD sales has it caused? How many lost sales of Microsoft's Media Center software and Windows Vista has it caused because the DRM subsystem randomly decides that you must be a criminal?" Johansson wrote."

Music

Submission + - My Afternoon in Wal-Mart's MP3 Download Hell (medialoper.com) 2

Lopy writes: "Everything about the process of buying DRM-free music from Wal-Mart is wrong. At one point they actually asked me to reveal my "baby's due date"! And that wasn't even the absurd part. I had to install support for Windows WMA protected music files just to download an MP3. The whole sad story is detailed on Medialoper.com"
Unix

Submission + - First SCO pump and dump scam

BigBadBus writes: "When SCO's shares crashed last week, Slashdot readers were jubilant, and some of us speculated that pump and dump scams would be imminent. After checking my gmail spam folder for false positives, I saw the following message. I wasn't surprised at the contents, but I was surprised it had taken so long (nearly a week) to appear. Have any other Slashdot readers seen a similar spam email? This looks a bit dubious, as I've only ever seen penny stocks advertised: SCO's prices is still "quite high" (ha ha)

SCOX SHARES GO SKY HIGH. WATCH OUT FOR IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT MONDAY AUGUST 20 !!!!!

SCO SOFTWARE GROUP
Symbol: SCOX
Price: $0.38

SCOX THE RISING STAR, IS SET TO SKY ROCKET STATUS ON MONDAY!
CALL TO BROKER, paul, SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING!!!!!!"
Slashback

Submission + - CEO of $150 laptop to run for prime minister (medisonscam.info)

Xemu writes: "To follow up the story "$150 Linux Laptop for the Masses" and the comments to it, it now seems those who claimed it was all a scam are were right: The CEO of the Madison company had a press conference in Stockholm last night where he announced his plans to run for Swedish Prime Minister after he has built plants across Europe to manufacture his cheap laptops. Oh, and they showed a 150 dollar laptop to the press, with the serial numbers grinded off..."
Math

Journal Journal: Pay to the order of...: $e^(i*pi) +1 5

One of the Subversion heads received a bill from the Mathematical Association of America for $0.00. Naturally, he took the opportunity to send them a check for e^(i*pi)+1, which went tragically uncashed. Adding to the fun, it was check number 1729! (I'd provide clarification, but if you don't laugh at this as written, an explanation won't help...)

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