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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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China this China that.
By gochichi on 12/20/2007 2:36:59 AM , Rating: 1
"China" is a huge country as is the United States.

The basic thing we need to be watching out for is our selves, individually and those immediately surrounding us. If you own your "soil", there is really very little to worry about, same goes with Chinese individuals.

Where we have a real problem is in wanting our own demise. This anti-American sentiment within America is just terrible. How is it really possible that we are so conceited as individuals to think that we can ignore country of origin and worker conditions indefinitely. Do we really believe that empowering our rivals at the expense of our neighbors (I mean neighbors down the street, literally) can go on indefinitely and it will never catch up to us?

America maintaining leadership with property rights is important for several reasons, even if it means piracy. Part of the real problem is that we are no longer excited about our opportunities and the things available to us. Imagine if we collectively didn't waste money on gasoline and interest charges (on the car, on the mortgage, on the credit cards, on the student loans)... that alone would make a huge change.

In case you didn't realize globalization has already blurred the line when it comes to nations. Are you a renter, or a landlord? Because if you have a net worth of 10 million dollars or more, you have more in common with other people with the same net worth than you do along national lines.

What would you think matters more? Being an American Citizen or having a couple of million dollars to your name? People of high net worth are free to roam the world in a way that most of us can't even imagine.

If America is unique is that it's not elitist as mot other countries are. I mean that in the sense that we don't attach as much meaning into social classes as other countries. There are also more protections for the poor, and more means to jump social classes between generations. China is utterly different from that, there, masses of people are disposable while some are utterly rich and movers and shakers of this planet. Part of what historically made America different was the laws, but I fear that the older style of thinking (that of old nations) is an ideology that is infecting our identity.

So many of the American elite, feel no sense of national pride nor any responsibility towards regular folk. It makes sense, since America's regular folk live affluent lifestyles... but I tell you so few of us stand on solid ground and we continue to spit in the rules and laws that were fair enough to allow the non-elite to live as well as we have.

In terms of not buying from China, it is impossible. Making a bigger deal than necessary about the "dangerous" toys reaks of propaganda. There is nothing wrong with the quality of Chinese products, they vary widely and are based upon the individual companies. Apple makes some of the most sought after computers and they are all made in China, every single one. Same goes for the Nintendo Wii, the XBOX 360 etc.

The number one problem with America is one of our greatest strenghts: Individualism. It's such a bratty stance in so many ways, this anti-america stuff is going to byte each and every one of us sooner rather than later. This isn't about China at all, we need to huddle together and make sure we can compete and enjoy financial stability and independance if we can't.

We are so overdue for some humility. The elite are opening the hell out of everything, and when the gates open wide you and I need to be making sure that we can hold on to some essentials.

Intelectual rights are vastly important for the middle class. That means that those with the most chips won't win every single time. It's important that as regular corn eating folk, we can promote egalitarian values to other regular educated folks around the globe. What seems more likely to me now, is that America will become just another country where the rich get richer and everyone else is more and more marginalized.

This truly is not about China, it's about us and our inability to see the big picture as we carelessly cast our considerable votes (where dollars are the real votes of globalization). We seem more enthraled with wanting more right now, when all we're actually doing is guaranteeing that we have less in the future.

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