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Will Hong Kong’s New Film Censorship Law Kill Off Local Production?

In 1988, Hong Kong passed a Film Censorship Ordinance that updated previous guidelines governing film exhibition in the British-controlled territory. The law created a Film Censorship Authority, and was aimed at regulating the film exhibition process by establishing censorship guidelines and codifying offenses and review processes. Many countries have film censorship processes, including the United

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Chloe Zhao, James Bond and the Future (and Present) of Chinese Storytelling

When Beijing-born Chloé Zhao won the Academy Award for Best Director (and Best Picture) last week for Nomadland, the mainland Chinese media were under instructions to remain silent, and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) censors had turned on their Chloé Zhao filters, preventing mainland movie fans from celebrating the ascent of a native daughter to the

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Media Piracy and the End of Chinese Cultural Exceptionalism

A month or so ago, a reader sent me a link to a report on Media Piracy in Emerging Economies. I was immediately enthralled. The report, put out by the American Assembly at Columbia University, “is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India,

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China Online Gaming Laws

China’s online gaming market is the largest in the world in terms of revenue, but its online gaming laws, market access restrictions, and censorship make it difficult for non-Chinese developers to sell their online games into China.

This post sets out the basics on what it takes for foreign companies to get their online games into China.

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How to Violate Chinese Law and Get Away With It: Don’t Go There.

In Cashing in on Internet Censorship, CNN News writes how business for Virtual Private Network (VPN) software companies is booming these days, thanks largely to China and Iran. The article discusses how “foreign companies are profiting from software that allows circumvention of government internet controls.” The article quotes China lawyer Steve Dickinson on how businesses that

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Sports Broadcast Copyright in China: the Stranglehold of Originality

I spoke in Beijing last week at a conference on legal protection of sports broadcasts, organized by the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Other speakers included Chinese judges, Chinese and American lawyers and academics, sports league and broadcaster general counsel, and American and European IP officials. What

China IP
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A China IP Reality Check

A strange and fascinating story is unfolding right now in the world of Chinese reality television programming. One of the most popular shows in China, The Voice of China, is embroiled in legal controversy, and the outcome could affect every content license in China. Okay, that might be a bit of hyperbole, but still, this

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The First Mover Advantage to Going into China

Interesting BusinessWeek story, entitled, Apple vs. Google: Starkly Different China Experiences, comparing Apple’s China successes with Google’s purported failures. The thrust of the story is that Apple succeeded in China by holding back on doing business in China while Google failed because it moved too fast. I agree with the first half of this equation