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Anti-Piracy Dog Uncovers Huge Cache of Discs 283

Posted by samzenpus
from the follow-your-nose dept.
sgt scrub writes "I've never thought about sniffing my CDs before buying them but that is all about to change. According to this Yahoo! news article, dogs can be trained to tell the difference between a legit copy of a DVD and one from those pesky pirates. From the article, 'A DVD-sniffing anti-piracy dog named Paddy has uncovered a huge cache of 35,000 discs in Malaysian warehouses, many destined for export to Singapore, industry officials said on Wednesday. Paddy was given to Malaysia by the MPA to help close down piracy syndicates, which churn out vast quantities of illegal DVDs. The dog is specially trained to detect chemicals in the discs.'" We ran a story about anti-piracy dogs being trained in Ireland a few years ago.

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Anti-Piracy Dog Uncovers Huge Cache of Discs

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  • Dear Slashdot, (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:41PM (#28214649)
    +----------+
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  • Re:And the blind? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:43PM (#28214671)

    False dilemma. We can do both.

  • So.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Darkness404 (1287218) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:44PM (#28214687)
    So apparently recording agencies are able to do anything except record good music. They can bribe judges, hire lawyers, buy congress, complain, make commercials and now train dogs. You would think that with all this money they could come up with a working business model other then abusing the legal system.
  • Re:And the blind? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:44PM (#28214697)

    Yes, because clearly if the police didn't train them for this, they'd be out training dogs for the handicapped. Society obviously works this way. As a species we're incapable of doing two things at once. Troll.

  • works in countries (Score:3, Insightful)

    by nimbius (983462) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:47PM (#28214735) Homepage
    that hop into bed with the RIAA and MPAA, but i dont see china or other countries allowing this anytime soon.

    we're also assuming there is readable evidence on the disks which is not, say, encrypted by GPG.

    i thought we all used torrents these days anyway?
  • Re:So.... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:50PM (#28214779)

    If someone is profiting from selling 35,000 copies of something you put together to sell youself, how is it abuse of the legal system to try to stop them?

  • by Darkness404 (1287218) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:51PM (#28214789)
    It works for any country that has deceived its citizens with "terrorism" because we all know that all pirated movie sales go to terrorism or child pornography or some other made-up social ill that the governments dream up. Because we all know that it NEVER goes to putting food on the table or supporting the local economy or anything like that.
  • Re:So.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by i kan reed (749298) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:51PM (#28214799) Homepage Journal
    If the problem were seriously bad music would be people be pirating it. That is the worst possible justification of piracy ever. Besides these are people selling fraudulent copies. Real album covers, real stores, real money. Their goal is to make money off of work they did not create. It's slimy and evil, and they have no sympathy from me.
  • Re:So.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CastrTroy (595695) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:53PM (#28214823) Homepage
    I'm not saying I don't have any illegitimate copies of software/movies/music, but I also don't try to pretend that having these objects is completely ok. If you don't like the way their business model is run, the only right way to protest it is to not consume the media in any way. If you pirate it, you are basically saying that the product is worth something to you, but that you don't want to pay the price they are asking for it.
  • Re:So.... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by kaiser423 (828989) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:54PM (#28214831)
    who says that abusing the legal system isn't a viable business model? Lots do it.
  • THAT is piracy (Score:5, Insightful)

    by erroneus (253617) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:55PM (#28214849) Homepage

    Every time I hear of copyright infringement being called theft or piracy it just bugs me. If you think it is, you're wrong and the law backs up the "slashdot accepted definition" perfectly. The piracy that is most targetted are illegal copies FOR SALE. These are the same illegal copies that the DVD CSS does not prevent. These are the same illegal copies that never needed the DMCA.

    This story illustrates precisely what piracy is when it comes to copyrighted media.

  • by MoFoQ (584566) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:57PM (#28214861)

    I guess it's time to pack discs in coffee grounds.

    And for the pirates....to buy shitloads of blanks and place them all over to throw the sniffing dogs off their trail.

  • by spun (1352) <loverevolutionar ... minus physicist> on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:57PM (#28214871) Journal

    I was going to post this exact thing, but I thought, what the heck? It's so obvious, someone must have beaten me too it. I'm surprised I had to scroll down this far to find common sense. And before you ask, no, I'm not new here.

  • by Jasper__unique_dammi (901401) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @03:58PM (#28214885)
    No, the dog cannot smell the difference between copyright infringement, and regular baked CDs. (Often mistaken with piracy, despite the lack of taking ships with the use of force and the lack of raping.) This looks like they just made a premise to allow them police to search any house which happens to have written to rw cds/dvds, however, the bbc story implies that these dogs are for searching for more mass-production of cd/dvd writing.
  • Re:And the blind? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jgtg32a (1173373) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @04:06PM (#28214977)
    Are Irish Labrador good seeing eye dogs?
    So breeds aren't very good at the job
  • Re:Dear Slashdot, (Score:4, Insightful)

    by russlar (1122455) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @04:10PM (#28215013)
    +1
  • by Overzeetop (214511) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @04:18PM (#28215101) Journal

    ...aren't these the guys we _want_ the MPAA/RIAA to go after? These are the commercial infringers who are operating outside of the law for profit. I'll be happy to argue with you guys (i.e. - on your side) all day about personal use not being an infringing act, but this - imho - is exactly what the copyright laws are written for.

  • Re:And the blind? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2009 @04:19PM (#28215117)

    Ey, so why are you wasting time on Slashdot when you could be helping the blind or something equally useful?

    Also, I hope you're posting from a library computer or something because if you bought your own instead of buying one for a school or something then you're going to hell!

  • Re:So.... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by fooslacker (961470) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @04:21PM (#28215145)

    except record good music

    The recording industry wants music that will sell. That does not necessarily mean good music.

    Actually good music often sells. The problem is predicting which music is good and marketable. So instead they make poor copies of something else that once sold then try to manufacture a market around it. It's a bad business model if you have the ability to actually create something marketable and unique and you're willing to risk several busts prior to boom. If on the other hand you're trying to make ever move a monetary success and you lack the ability to produce unique works yourself and you're burdened with expensive middlemen who do little to contribute to the quality of the end product it's the model you're stuck with.

  • by pavon (30274) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @04:55PM (#28215569)

    Hmm, is there any difference between pressed media in a just opened shrink-wrapped jewel case, compared to burned media in the same packaging.

    I would expect media in a newly open spindle to have a stronger smell than long opened media just because of the way it was packed, and the fact that it hasn't had as much time / surface area for the plastic to out-gas.

  • Easy solution... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2009 @04:57PM (#28215589)

    Just rub your cd's in cannabis to cover the smell...

  • by dotgain (630123) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @05:23PM (#28215861) Homepage Journal
    The last thing I'd want in my possession is 35,000 DVDs of data would appear to be encrypted to my captors, and being completely unable to prove otherwise.
  • by Hognoxious (631665) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @05:28PM (#28215927) Homepage Journal

    You got the same quality dog as the fucking "drug sniffing" dog that tore apart my luggage in O'Hare

    If the dog doesn't bark nothing happens. If the dog barks and there is something, he gets a reward. If the dog barks and there isn't something, he doesn't get his bastard balls hit repeatedly with a bamboo stick.

    You don't have to be John Nash to predict what muttley's going to do.

  • Re:And the blind? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2009 @05:37PM (#28216025)

    just great, instead of training dogs to help guide handicapped people, they use them for useless stuff like this.

    Way to go, humanity!

    And some people use dogs as just a pet. What a waste! ...There's a lot of dogs in the world. There's enough to go around to be trained for many useful things.

  • Re:And the blind? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by youn (1516637) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @05:58PM (#28216253) Homepage

    It may be a waste of money... but you gotta admit some of those cars are pretty amazing

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2009 @06:07PM (#28216341)

    So now it's a crime to be unusual or even insane (not talking about the homicidal sort)? If I want to make 35,000 copies of something and I haven't distributed it and I own the original should I be charged with a crime. You know pulling that "nobody needs X, Y, or Z" is why tech policy around the globe is ass backwards and keeps us back as a society. This piracy sniffing dog is just an excuse to circumvent competent police work. Say, police pick their target the day prior and then just preps the dog on their little witch hunt to save the children or prevent terrorism. Right...

  • by westlake (615356) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @06:51PM (#28216795)

    FIX YOUR FUCKIN' CODE

    I can't get Slashdot to display pages consistently in a single session.

    It's definitely a downer.

    The geekiest - most FOSS and standards-obsessed site on the web - can't do plain text against a colored background and get it right.

  • Re:And the blind? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by mqduck (232646) <`mqduck' `at' `mqduck.net'> on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:46PM (#28218571)

    It's only a false dilemma if training dogs takes zero resources. The resources to train this DVD-sniffing dog *could* have been used to train this dog to do something benificial.

  • by Anachragnome (1008495) on Friday June 05, 2009 @02:13AM (#28219225)

    Is anyone else besides me beginning to get the feeling that someone has figured out that if you teach a dog to go to where you direct it, with subtle, barely perceptible signals only noticeable by a dog, and just pretend that the dog did it on their own, that nobody ever questions that?

    Is this just another way around a search warrant?

    IANAL (obviously!), so can someone that IS please clue us in? Does a DOG need a search warrant, and if not, WHY not? How is evidence that is found by a dog, but not under a search warrant, viewed by courts? Is it admissible?

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