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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Curioser and Curiouser

A glance across today's China news...

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China, now that it is beginning to understand the implications of piracy and intellectual property violations, is posing a public effort at consciousness raising...Thus, from People's Daily Online, February 27, 2005:
About 100 Chinese music celebrities gathered at Beijing's Capital Stadium Saturday night standing on a huge CD-shape platform and singing for public support in the country's fight against rampant music piracy. The stadium was nearly full, and organizers said 150 million more watched on television. Pop stars sang their hit songs and occasionally urged their fans not to buy pirated products. Organized by the central government and associations in entertainment circles, the concert was just one of a series anti-piracy events going on in Beijing Saturday, aiming to show officials' and entertainers' determination to hit hard on piracy. Events included a forum, a Beijing anti-piracy declaration and a public destruction of pirated products.

"If Beijing fails to solve piracy soon, we will not deserve to host the Olympics in 2008," said Feng Xiaogang, a Chinese director who was recently named the country's proponent of copyright protection.

"This is not exaggerating," said Wang Ziqiang, spokesman of National Copyright Administration, or the state copyright watchdog." Rampant piracy harms people's creativity, and a nation without creativity is a nation without hope."
and then:
Audience of the concert corresponded what Yan [Yan Xiaohong, vice chief of the National Copyright Administration] had said." A copyrighted CD for 200 yuan, pirated one for 10 yuan, what will you buy?" -- someone on stage asked. "The pirated one," answered the thousands of people in the stadium.[Was that an intelligence test? Ed.]
But of course,
"What I want to do is to repeatedly promote the use of copyrighted things," said Feng, adding that if all Chinese watch pirated movies, Chinese films are doomed to be barred from the world's market.

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