Tuesday, April 12, 2005

How To Solve China's Piracy Problem

From Slate: How To Solve China's Piracy Problem
By Henry Blodget

"In China, piracy is so entrenched that even the pirates complain about it. According to an article by Anne Stevenson-Yang and Ken DeWoskin in the March issue of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Chinese storekeepers who sell fake DVDs for 10 yuan gripe about street vendors selling them for seven. And the street vendors complain about competitors offering two-for-one specials.

But it's not just DVDs that are being ripped off, of course. It's everything. According to some estimates, as much as a third of China's GDP comes from piracy and counterfeiting, including more than 90 percent of the country's software and 95 percent of its video games."

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1 Comments:

At 4:22 AM, Anonymous Raphael from Critical Citizen said...

I recently wrote about China's piracy problem, and I can't see any solution in sight. The so called pirated copies are sometimes not even working copies, so the intellectual rights of the producer of the original goods are only slightly infringed - the copies carry the same name on the box.

 

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