China Turns to Harsher Punishment to Fight Rising Piracy
January 17, 2008 4:42 PM
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RE: The Art of War
1/18/2008 3:36:52 PM
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
1/19/2008 6:01:01 AM
I hate to agree with you, since I honestly think that what the Chinese do with some American products is stealing (mainly in regards to movies, music and games) but you are right about the other areas.
A good idea cannot be owned by any one person or country. Once it is out there, anyone who has the technical know-how is free to copy and improve on that idea, even if it is patented in another country.
Really, part of our problem in the United States is that we have REALLY given too long of patents on some things, and issued patents that should not have been issued in other cases.
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