Yu Hua: “Only Proper That My Books Be Pirated”

While he's "opposed to counterfeiting in all forms," author Yu Hua claims that he can live with the piracy of his books if it means they end up in the hands of China's poor. From his guest column in Wednesday's New York Times:...

Hollywood Gives China’s Censors a Preview

As it tries to tap the burgeoning Chinese film market with local flavourings and joint ventures, Hollywood has increasingly had to navigate the unpredictable demands of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, or...

After Talks, India Still Wary of China

During a visit to India last week by Chinese defence minister General Liang Guanglie, the two countries agreed to resume joint military exercises. But India remains wary of China's growing presence in South Asia and the Indian...

TV Show Host Responds to Conan O’Brien

Last week late night comedian Conan O'Brien blasted a Chinese TV show, Dapeng, for blatantly ripping off his opening sequence: Now, Shanghaiist points us to a response issued by Dapeng in which he apologizes to O'Brien and to...

Writers Sue Apple for Copyright Violation

A group of writers including Han Han and Murong Xuecun is suing Apple in the latest of a string of legal battles over ebook piracy. The company is accused of having failed to block the sale of unauthorised ebook apps, and of...

China Agrees to Intellectual Property Protections

After two days of talks in Washington, Chinese economic officials agreed to implement measures to reduce piracy. From the New York Times: The Chinese delegation, led by Wang Qishan, the vice premier for economic matters, also...

Beijing Launches Antipiracy Campaign

The Chinese government has launched what may be its biggest crackdown on intellectual property abuses yet, the Wall Street Journal reports: The campaign, which began in October and is set to last six-months, includes several...

The Many Faces of George Washington

ARTnews (h/t Danwei) writes about an early case of Chinese piracy: The label reads: “George Washington c. 1800–1805.” The work is a copy of a Gilbert Stuart painting attributed to a Chinese artist named Foeiqua—who, like other...

A Chinese Pirate Unmasks

On the New Yorker's website, Evan Osnos writes about an essay, titled “All of China is a Knock-Off,” which first appeared on the Chinese online forum Douban and said it was the translated version of a piece by someone named...

China Vows More Intellectual Property Protection

From AP: China said Tuesday it "regrets" a World Trade Organization decision that largely sides with the U.S. in a product piracy complaint, but said it will cooperate with other countries to strengthen measures to protect...

Microsoft Aims To Undercut Chinese Pirates

From Financial Times: Microsoft has slashed the Chinese price of its Office suite for home users by more than 70 per cent in a promotional campaign aimed at persuading consumers in the piracy-plagued market that licensed...



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