Nine people convicted of selling illegally copied DVDs and other goods have been jailed for up to 13 years in China’s biggest anti-piracy crackdown to date, a news report said Friday.
The sentences were the longest reported since China stepped up penalties for product piracy in mid-2005, imposing jail time in addition to fines that Washington and other governments had complained were inadequate to stop the thriving underground industry.
The latest crackdown was launched July 25 against producers of unlicensed copies of goods ranging from movies and software to designer clothes and sporting goods. [Full Text]
Read blog: “How To Solve China’s Piracy Problem” by Henry Blodget, which says “Like other multinationals, the media conglomerate is consumed with the awesome challenge of piracy. One way to control the flood of pirated DVDs, for example, might be to trumpet the superior experience of watching movies in a theater.”