The Making of the Beijing Treaty: Actors’ Rights Feature in Capital

There is a Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performance going on. Convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization and hosted by the People’s Republic of China. It started June 20 and will be concluded on June 26, 2012.  After 12 years the Audiovisual Performances Treaty got a new lease on life. Professor Justin […]

Chinese Movie Posters Give You “Double Vision” Without The Alcohol

Clone and OriginalThe silver screen is known to bring out the imagination of people. However, China’s film industry has not given birth to a poster child of creativity, eyeing laboriously to any movie that has some measure of success, Chinese or foreign, and subsequently clone the film poster designs. In November of 2011 I had […]

IPO Candidate Tudou Is Building Its Patent Portfolio For Future Growth, Promoting Chinese Creativity

With 90.1 million registered users,  Tudou 土豆, which means potato,  is no small potato.  The site for investors ‘Seeking Alpha’ gives an analysis of the Chinese online video site Tudou.com 土豆网 (for which they use the symbol TUDO) in relation to its competitors, before it is going for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) at NASDAQ Stock Exchange […]

Hard Choice? Chinese Internet Café Owners/Transport Operators Can Choose Between Paying For Chinese Movies Or Using Free Pirated Foreign Movies

Starting January 1, 2011, the China Film Copyright Association (CFCA) will charge money for the use of film works in internet cafés, on airplanes, ships and in buses and trains. They will start with eight municipalities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai and Jiangsu. Read the China Daily article here. October 14, 2010, the National Copyright […]

60 percent of Hong Kong Young Download Films or Music Illegally

Adrian Wan, of the South China Morning of Friday, August 21st, reported that 60 percent of young people in Hong Kong download films or music illegally, according to Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) survey. 17 perent of 559 respondents aged 10 to 24 were unsure whether they were breaking copyright law. More can […]