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US moves forward with WTO demands against Chinese pirates

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 13 Aug 2007 18:45 User comments (8)

US moves forward with WTO demands against Chinese pirates The Bush administration wants China to crack down on piracy.
"Over the past several years, China has taken tangible steps to improve (intellectual property rights) protection and enforcement. However, we still see important gaps that need to be addressed," Sean Spicer, spokesman for U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, said in a statement.

U.S. officials want to see more aggressive prosecution in China of those who pirate copyrighted or trademarked materials, and more stringent rules for what happens to pirated material once it's seized.

"We will pursue this legal dispute in the WTO and will continue to work with China bilaterally on other important (intellectual property rights) issues," Spicer said.

Unlike people who download media files from P2P networks or trade CDs and DVDs with their friends, there's really no debate about whether Asian organized crime costs entertainment companies billions of dollars.

Even legitimate companies have been known to ignore intellectual property, as was the case for early Chinese DVD players that were manufactured and sold without any patent royalty payments.

The future of worldwide IP law will be dependent in no small part on the ability and willingness of Chinese officials to enforce it. As their manufacturing base increases and the number of consumers with disposable income increases, they're also likely to have a greater say in how IP laws are worded.

Countries with economies based largely on ideas, rather than production, may eventually be forced to accept that what's best for their native companies isn't acceptable to developing countries who produce, and may ultimately consume, the goods made from those ideas.

All we know can say for sure at this point is that we haven't heard the last of the Asian piracy issue, and aren't likely to any time in the near future.

Source: Reuters

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8 user comments

113.8.2007 20:52

How can they make these demands without fixing their own problems first? I just came back from New York, and I don't know how many times I was approached to purchase all kinds of bootleg / pirated goods.

I could have purchased any movie that was currently playing in the theater, coming out next week, or anything that had previously been released on DVD for $5 each. Music CDs were going for $1. With the exception of movie titles that had yet to be released, you are looking at an average of $12 to $15 for a DVD in a store.

The pirated goods didn't stop with music and movies. They had Fendi, Gucci, Prada, Coach, and Louis Vuitton purses for $25. Aren't these good infringements in some way form or fashion?

One has to make sure their own house is in order before they criticize the house of their neighbor.

213.8.2007 22:03

It's called passing the buck! Something that is done very well in DC. That buck usually lands in someone's hands who does not deserve it!

314.8.2007 5:41

Chinese Pirates. The government needs to attack the source or at least crack down on it. the people in NY are small time. The rings in China are taking money out of Bush's corporations.

414.8.2007 6:16

"The future of worldwide IP law will be dependent in no small part on the ability and willingness of Chinese officials to enforce it."

^looks like the future for piracy is looking pretty bright then.

every half a year or so the US makes some arrogant demand of china in terms of IP protection. and every half a year china laughs in our face and sends the message back having wiped their ass with it. china is a social country, they have way diferent views on copywrites, they actualy favor the people over coporations when it comes to piracy (GASP!). they make up for it by letting big buisness choke their air with polution.

514.8.2007 10:18

Actually, the way China looks at things is, as long as their people have a job, whether it be in a factory making bootleg/pirated goods, they don't care. Awhile ago, I posted this Fortune magazine article about New Balance's struggles with a Chinese counterfeiter, that used to run one of New Balance's Chinese factories, before NB shut it down:

614.8.2007 20:03


715.8.2007 7:52

I went to school in Brooklyn and there was always a homeless man near Borough Hall that had a blanket on the ground with tons of pirated movies "factory sealed." Unless he's not really homeless, there is no way he could afford the equipment to burn and package and seal. The police would chat with him once in a while and then leave him alone. What they should do is give him some incentive to give up his supplier. I agree that we should take care of our own problems first.

818.8.2007 4:39

The US government will not get China to fully give in all their details. The Chinese government i bet also makes money off the pirates.

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