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China asks for international help in controlling online piracy

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 17 Jan 2008 22:37 User comments (11)

China asks for international help in controlling online piracy Today Chinese officials issued what amounts to an international cry for help to help in their crack down on internet piracy. "To evade punishment, pirates often locate their servers in other countries or regions, posing very big difficulties for police efforts to carry out (a) crackdown," said Gao Feng, a senior public security ministry official. "Copyright infringements, by their very nature, are international crimes. To effectively curb such activities, (we) need enhanced international cooperation on law enforcement," he said.
"It's difficult to block these websites completely ... as it's hard to arrest a person responsible if he lives in a foreign country," Liu Bin, a Beijing-based analyst with technology consultancy firm BDA China, told AFP.

However, there's good reason to believe that Chinese officials' actual motives have less to do with piracy than controlling the country's population. The plea for international cooperation comes on the heels of a government announcement that by year's end only state agencies will be authorized to provide audio or video on the Web.

It also follows an incident where a man was brutally beaten to death by government employees while trying to shoot video of their dispute with a group of villagers in Tianmen. Many believe that the incident wouldn't have resulted in any goverment action except that it attracted the attention of Chinese bloggers, resulting in an investigaton that's so far yielded a number of arrests.

And don't forget that much of the pirated content Chinese officials are so anxious to remove isn't available through legal channels inside the country - at least not the uncensored versions available on the internet. Chinese police have also made a significant effort over the last several months to "clean up young people's online environment" by locating and closing internet cafes, known in China as net bars, not authorized by the government.

Perhaps even more telling is the overriding emphasis on the internet when it's a well known fact that pirated DVDs and CDs manufactured by organized crime operations are rampant in the area, including many operations which ship their unlicensed goods to other parts of the world.

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11 user comments

118.1.2008 0:43

i think china thought by telling the united states to fu@k off and that they didnt need any of the US's movies that piracy would slow down.....

218.1.2008 1:07

Wow, I love it. China tries to control it all, they tell everybody else in the world that they need to just shut up, then they call everybody back up and say, "Hey, sorry about that, we were a little drunk. Can we have some help?"

318.1.2008 6:46
duke8888
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China has street vendors who sell pirate software such as Windows Vista for $10.00 US so I guess they want to stop the free flow so it doesn't kill their street vendors sells.

418.1.2008 7:07
varnull
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Yeah.. buy your printed 360 games from us instead of downloading like we do to get them in the first place..

I detect a "shot myself in the foot" coming from China here..

Ol' Brown was heading for Beijing yesterday.. I wonder if it has anything to do with possible import restrictions against shoddy Chinese goods unless they do something about piracy??

I can just see another "war on terror" happening behind the scenes.. because we all know downloading films and games directly funds terrorism don't we kids?

518.1.2008 11:52

China will now sell DVD's cheaply in the US... that are covered in by a thin film of nuclear waste and lead. :)

618.1.2008 14:12

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The plea for international cooperation comes on the heels of a government announcement that by year's end only state agencies will be authorized to provide audio or video on the Web.
What incentive do other non-communist countries have to help china control their populace? The US already has its own s*** storm with the economy slipping down the tubes and bush still in office.

Maybe certain **AA company's wouldn't have a problem working for a communist nation; they wouldn't even have to go to trial! They would just get a name and address, beat the crap out of whoever opens the door and burn their house down!

Government control and the media mafia a match made in heaven.

718.1.2008 20:03

Maybe certain **AA company's wouldn't have a problem working for a communist nation; they wouldn't even have to go to trial! They would just get a name and address, beat the crap out of whoever opens the door and burn their house down!

They will try in a few weeks probably.

We should turn our back and let the chinese communist's just destroy themselves. They make the country one of the worst place for the population. Our help should be given to people in this country with all of the poverty happening here.

819.1.2008 9:05

hahahaha

The humor and irony of this entire article really lit up my Saturday morning.

China: We need help. People are posting police brutality videos and we can't stop it!

Planet Earth: Er, yes. Let's try looking within your borders first. Reduce China's theft from the world by, oh let's say a couple billion, then we'll talk again.

919.1.2008 13:31

Next they will ask the US to help them censor content as well....

1019.1.2008 16:23

Gold LoL at China. What a joke these backward little countries are.Har,har,har,har,har,harhhh.

1116.2.2008 18:06

Seems to me that china is having some major problems at hand.

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