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Olympic Committee Bans Mexican Officials over Copyright Infringement

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Aug 18, 2016, 10:05 am
The director of Conade, Alfredo Castillo has remained quiet about the withdrawal on the accreditation on the Olympic Games. (Sopitas)
The director of Conade, Alfredo Castillo has remained quiet about the withdrawal of the accreditations. (Sopitas)

EspañolThe 2016 Rio Organizing Committee withdrew nine press credentials from Mexico’s National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (Conade) because it violated copyright regulations put in place by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Conade shared a cell phone video of gymnast Alexa Moreno on social media, but it did not have broadcasting rights.

Olympic broadcasting regulations prohibit playing videos, vines and GIFs.

“The use of Olympic materials turned into animated graphic formats like GIF, GFY or WebM, as well as short video formats like Vine, are expressly forbidden,” a statement said.

No one may publish videos on platforms “that allow people to see Olympic material outside of regulated programming.”

The Mexican newspaper El Universal obtained an interview with Conade Advisor José Emiliano Montiel, who said it was a member of the social communications staff that made the mistake.

Others with withdrawn accreditation are: Meredith Reyes Palomino, Director of the National System of Physical Culture and Sport (Sinade); Gustavo Montiel Mondragon, Deputy director of Physical Culture; Paulina Lelo de Larrea Torres, Assistant Director of Information.

This incident adds to the string of controversies Conade Director Alfredo Castillo has been involved in during the Olympic Games.

Source: El Universal

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Venezuelan Military Officers Convicted of Drug Trafficking in Paris

By: Ysol Delgado - Aug 18, 2016, 9:12 am
Having the seized drugs, the government of Venezuela issued an order to intervene Maiquetia airport security. (Wikipedia)

EspañolThree Venezuelan military officers were sentenced to 22 years and six month in prison for trafficking 1,380 kilos of cocaine seized in the Paris airport in 2013. The men were carrying 31 suitcases full of cocaine valued at approximately 270 million dollars. Ten people were convicted in total, according to Venezuelan officials, who issued a report this Tuesday. The wife of one of the detainees was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering, for which 17 additional people were arrested. Among them was a member of the Venezuelan National Guard, who is waiting for the court's decision about an alleged petition for freedom. Read more: Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro Spent $400,000 Celebrating Fidel Castro’s Birthday Read more: For Venezuelan Prisoners, Quality of Life Might Be Higher than for Those Outside Harry Romero Augusto Morales is the alleged financier of the drugs that were moving through Paris. He was reportedly staying in Colombia until authorities extradited him August 11 after being captured in Bogotá. The investigations carried out by the French police reportedly determined that the operation involved an Italian and English cartel, many members of which have also been arrested. Source: El Nuevo Herald

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