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Chinese mainlanders will have to turn to piracy to watch the latest American blockbusters

China is blocking the import of American films, said MPAA CEO and Chairman Dan Glickman in an official statement released last week.

“Although we have not received official confirmation of such a ban from the Chinese Government or China Film, the indicators are strong that our information is correct,” read the statement. “If such action has been taken … it would represent an enormous step backwards in terms of China’s efforts to develop a strong … and legitimate film exhibition and distribution market.”

In a move that some suspect is retaliation for a recent U.S.-filed WTO complaint over China’s alarmingly high piracy rate, the Chinese government appears to have stopped granting import requests to American filmmakers -- of which it normally allows for about 20 movies per year. According to one anonymous Hollywood executive speaking to The New York Times, the Chinese government became suddenly uncooperative; filmmakers’ movie import requests for early next year have thus far been ignored, delayed, or come back denied.

“We are working with top officials in the US government, including the Treasury Secretary, as well as the Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce, both of whom are in China at the moment,” said Glickman. “If these reports are true, it is unacceptable that China has taken this action and we will bring all our resources and leverage to bear to address this situation.”

A spokeswoman from the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television, declined to comment on the so-called ban, noting that if such a ban was in place it would have been officially announced on the Administration’s web site.

American filmmakers, many of whom are betting heavily on the growing the Chinese market, say China’s restrictive stance on American movies is a direct contributor to the country’s high piracy rate. The previous 20-movie limit is “a very low number to begin with,” said U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, “and we believe the low number contributes to the problems [we] have in intellectual property rights protection.”

A Chinese ban on American movies “would be very serious indeed,” said Schwab, who at the time was at a Strategic Economic Dialogue meeting outside Beijing. “We have spoken forcefully to our Chinese hosts.”

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Goooo China!
By five40 on 12/19/2007 4:19:41 PM , Rating: 5
Anyone who pisses off the MPAA or RIAA is good in my book. I don't steal movies nor do I care to. It's awesome seeing the MPAA all up in arms...finally someone bigger than they are can just smack them around a little bit.

RE: Goooo China!
By psychotix11 on 12/19/2007 4:43:21 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, it's good to see someone give them a headache.

RE: Goooo China!
By RogueLegend on 12/19/07, Rating: 0
RE: Goooo China!
By Leirith on 12/19/2007 5:03:41 PM , Rating: 4
The rest of the world is backward RogueLegend? How narrow minded can you get?

RE: Goooo China!
By RogueLegend on 12/20/2007 11:48:17 AM , Rating: 2
Leirith, I don't personally believe the rest of the world is backwards- that was the sarcastic portion of the comment. I often come across the American point of view of other countries as being "backwards" and if it weren't for America there would be no development.

Personally, I believe America has stifled real economic development in other countries. Yes, there have been some contributions, but on the whole, I think our own development takes precedence and we prevent other countries from creating their own functioning economies without some sort of dependence on ours.

China, in my opinion, is a country that is attempting to shed that dependence and at the same time develop its own economy so that its citizens benefit equally from it. It's just difficult to spread the wealth among over a billion people. America is fortunate to have such a small population in historical and present comparison- easier for wealth to be made individually than in a country four times our size.

By the way, this isn't conspiracy theory, this is good economic sense (from an American standpoint)- if you go build a power generator in another country, are you just going get paid to only build it, just to leave it there and let the the people depending on that generator make the money off of providing the service and keep it running?

RE: Goooo China!
By TechLuster on 12/19/2007 6:04:36 PM , Rating: 5
Hell, other countries shouldn't be dependant on American industries for their daily lives.

Rogue, are you blind? If anything, China's making America dependent on their economy.

Just go into any Wal-Mart and have a look around. Practically everything you see (except for food) is made in China. As I said above, China is waging an economic war on the United States, and this is just the latest Salvo. China realizes that the U.S.'s primary exports now and in the future are going to be intellectual property, and they aim to STEAL as much of it as they can.

And why the hell does hurting the American economy "make sense from an economic standpoint." If I had to choose which economy to help, I probably wouldn't pick the one being led by an authoritarian regime (and no, I'm not talking about Darth Cheney's empire--I mean China).

RE: Goooo China!
By gimmeagdlaugh on 12/19/2007 9:36:29 PM , Rating: 2
China realizes that the U.S.'s primary exports now and in the future are going to be intellectual property, and they aim to STEAL as much of it as they can.

i see some progress here, sounds like these brainwashed communist murderers are finally learning the trick from those founding fathers on how to acquire lands legally from native americans. ;)

RE: Goooo China!
By jonrem on 12/19/2007 10:56:12 PM , Rating: 2
Your comment is right on. Several friends of mine work for a company that manufactures industrial equipment which have many components that are manufactured using technology and processes which are precious IP. When this company expressed its interest in entering the Chinese market, the company was told by the PRC that they could either export the industrial machinery to China under the PRC's terms (5 year deal under which China retains rights to IP after 5 years. i.e. similar to a patent expiration) or wait 2-3 years until the PRC reverse engineers the machinery and lose out on everything. These are the snakes American companies are dealing with. Governments without the advantage of cheap or forced labor must do all they can to preserve the IP developed by their corporations. Thanks TechLuster for pointing this out!!! Everybody seems to think our dealings with China are purely for dog food and barbie dolls.

RE: Goooo China!
By RogueLegend on 12/20/2007 11:36:52 AM , Rating: 2
And why the hell does hurting the American economy "make sense from an economic standpoint." If I had to choose which economy to help, I probably wouldn't pick the one being led by an authoritarian regime (and no, I'm not talking about Darth Cheney's empire--I mean China).

First of all, most creative production makes money from the sale of DVD's. But DVD's are simply the end result of American creative forces run under American production companies- *this is where the real money is made.*

You think Chinese companies make any money off of creating little action figures and assembling plastic parts to make a walkie talkie? All the real money is made on this side, marketing, sales, and distribution all take place here- and that's where the big money is. The production side is one small slice of the pie.

Secondly And China is helping its own economy in this move. Why would they want to help ours? You might chose differently, but I'm sure that China has its own interests at heart

Thirdly, (since I have to spell it out for you) the statement you quoted from me was a more general statement. Look in other countries where American companies run power, water, and other utilities and services which we consider necessary parts of our lives. It was only related to this article since China is utilizing our entertainment industry and depending on it for the entertainment needs of its citizens. My whole point isn't that China should stop producing toys and electronics, but stop depending on other countries for non-necessities like entertainment- and this is for its own good.

RE: Goooo China!
By Haltech on 12/19/2007 10:20:22 PM , Rating: 2
its called globalization/capitalism if you hadn't heard. It happens everywhere.

RE: Goooo China!
By Schadenfroh on 12/19/2007 4:56:30 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, good for China! Next they need to ban all RIAA labels.

RE: Goooo China!
By superunknown98 on 12/19/2007 4:57:00 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, the MPAA is used to bullying everyone else around, and now that the tables have turned, they run straight to big brother and cry.

Now if only we could get them to block the RIAA

RE: Goooo China!
By FITCamaro on 12/19/2007 5:59:34 PM , Rating: 1
Uh no this is one time where you don't want to see them loosing sales. If China blocks movie imports, whats next?

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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