In Beijing, Opening Day Means Cable Foul Play

Who committed baseball's first steal this season? According to ESPN, it was China's Foreign Ministry. The sports channel alleges that the ministry's business arm, which runs one of Beijing's largest apartment complexes, has attracted renters for more than two years by lashing an illegal decoder to its satellite dish and pirating Major League Baseball and other programs. Soon the network plans to present evidence to the Chinese government, which has been touting its crackdown on copyright violations that cost foreign firms up to $1 billion last year. "I find it amazing that a Foreign Ministry company would use a smuggled decoder...

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