Thursday, September 28, 2000

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  • The Party Ends Early. Victory to the Protesters?

    The headline this morning on the wires reads: "Battle-weary capitalists wrapped up their global money summit a day early." With a tense but calm atmosphere on the streets of Prague, delegates from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund were scheduled to finish their joint annual meeting today, but late yesterday they finished up, saying their business was done. [includes rush transcript]

  • Yugoslavian Elections

    In the middle of the night last night in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, the country’s Federal Election Commission announced what it called the final results of last weekend’s presidential election. The announcement confirmed yesterday’s indication that the commission intended to force a second round runoff between President Milosevic and opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica. The final tally according to the commission was 48 percent for Kostunica and 38 percent for Milosevic. Kostunica would have had to have won 50 percent of the vote to accomplish a first round victory. The announcement came just moments after the end of a massive opposition rally in Belgrade in which hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets to declare they would accept no second round. [includes rush transcript]

  • Copyrights or Copy Wrongs? Whose Intellectual Property is the Olympics?

    When a U.S. Olympic athlete agreed to have her personal diary of the Sydney 2000 games published in a local newspaper in Kansas City, the IOC stepped in and said no. They also said no to athletes involved in online chats and no again to internet live streaming of footage filmed of any Olympic event. The reason? The IOC effectively owns the intellectual property rights in sporting events and also of those seeking to cover sporting events. And only recently have the IOC begun to crack down, the ever-expanding universe of the internet representing a new threat for the IOC. [includes rush transcript]

  • Hollywood and the Elections

    In the second round of this year’s culture wars between Washington and Hollywood, the Motion Picture Association of America yesterday pledged to the Senate Commerce Committee that they would curb, but not guarantee, an end to marketing movies with violent content to underage audiences. Hollywood executives offered a 12-point plan designed to address a Federal Trade Commission report released earlier this month that accused Hollywood of "aggressively" marketing violent films, music and video games to children. [includes rush transcript]