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China is struggling amidst a deluge of pirated material

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RE: The Art of War
By SYR on 1/18/2008 3:36:52 PM , Rating: 2
This is the sort of discussion you get into when trying to apply terms across cultures. Westerners (at least some) buy into the notion that an idea can be "owned", leading to the equation of copying with stealing. Asians tend to see only physical entities as capable of being owned. If you create something desirable, good for you. If I can create cheap copies of your desirable item, good for me -- no "stealing" involved. It is wrong to characterize what the Chinese (and others) do as "stealing". They simply recognize a good idea they find and run with it. There is nothing inherently illegal or immoral in that behavior. Yes, it makes it more difficult for the originator of any idea to benefit from his creation, but that is just a fact of life, not an ethical problem.

RE: The Art of War
By Christopher1 on 1/19/08, Rating: 0
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