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Crackdown on 'illegal' online Olympic content

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The Beijing News
July 8, 2008

Over 20 video websites were "reprimanded" and asked to "stop infringement" by China's Copyright Administration, today's Beijing News reported. These websites are accused of broadcasting "Olympic-related content" without legal authorization.

The newspaper says that "Olympic-related content", including video footage of the Olympic torch relay, has been found on these websites, with one of them being identified as Pomoho.com.

The Copyright Administration, Ministry of Information and Industry, and SARFT held a joint press conference yesterday to announce a "ban on illegal Olympic broadcasting" and crackdown on pirated "Olympic-related" content.

According to the newspaper, China's state-owned CCTV is only media in China that has the broadcast rights of the Beijing Olympic Games. Any other media must be authorized by CCTV before they can broadcast "Olympic-related" content.

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