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China is struggling amidst a deluge of pirated material

China insists that despite recent decisions, like its move to ban all U.S. movie imports, it remains firmly against piracy of copyrighted material. 

China's top officials say that the increased internet usage, not an intentionally lax legal atmosphere, are responsible for making the country likely the world's largest nation in terms of not only population but also pirated copyrighted materials.  These same officials suggest the adoption of harsher punishments to discourage pirates.

Yan Xiaohong, deputy head of the National Copyright Administration, says cases in 2007 of piracy of copyrighted material more than doubled by government statistics due to an explosion of new technology and usage.  This made for difficulties in regulating internet traffic.  He acknowledged at a press conference that preliminary punishment methods had failed to strike a decisive blow, stating, "Although our rectification campaigns have had obvious initial results, we must clearly recognise that there has been no sea change for the better in our nation's Internet copyright protection environment."

He stated that he firmly believes harsher financial penalties and harsher sentences need to be developed.  He states, "
As the situation is so serious we ought to give out heavier fines under the legal framework."

With 210 million internet users, China was second only to the U.S. in online population in 2007.  China's Xinhua news agency quoted industry sources stating that the nation will likely become the largest online population early in 2008.

Despite suffering from severe piracy, China does do a remarkable job regulating websites it feels inspire dissent.  A "Great Red Firewall" blocks users from such sites and alerts authorities of access attempts.  China plans to keep these efforts in place.

"We will put whatever police forces are needed into this," Deputy head of the Public Security Bureau's economic crimes division Gao Feng said, referring to internet "cleansing" plans for 2008, without further elaboration.

Sometimes the piracy and subversive materials boundaries overlap, for example in the case of Hong Kong and Taiwanese TV shows, which are among the most popular pirated items, but also are banned from national television by the government.

In an effort to curb rampant pornography viewing, China announced plans last month to only allow video content through sites which obtain state-issued licenses.  However, it has since offered virtually no details on this licensing, leaving many to wonder if it is even going to happen at all.

Chen Jiachun, vice-director of the Ministry of Information Industry's Telecom Management Bureau would only say, "We will choose an appropriate way to respond to questions from the media or society.  It will be very soon."

China's responses both illustrate an awareness about piracy, the reach of the internet, and also confusion about how to deal with it. This is something which troubles internet giants like Google, Yahoo, and Yahoo who depend on Chinese traffic and video content views.

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By robinthakur on 1/21/2008 7:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
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Oh the ignorance on display here is entirely symptomatic of why the rest of world does not like or trust America anymore. Its not "case closed" you pointy-headed retard. The country is now the biggest breeding ground for terrorists since Afghanistan, the police force is completely corrupt, there is civil war raging and all quality of life has evaporated. Now Britain is all but pulled out and America is looking to cut her losses and make a dash. You've just reduced the lives of 27 million to Third world level. Want a medal?

Its very easy saying "We're going in to take out the dictator, U S A U S A" but its a shame when that's your entire strategy. What happened to an intelligence led approach? How can anyone be stupid enough not to have adequately planned for the fallout of a government being removed. They certainly planned the invasion for long enough. Sadly war is by its very nature chaotic. Its a pity Rumsfeld and W don't read or they might have learned from history a little more.

Anyway, Saudi Arabia poses the biggest threat to world peace, as is widely believed, because alot of the money we have been giving them for the oil has been channeled into Wahabism-spouting, very exportable, internet-friendly extremism which has now gone round the world, radicalising those in its path; So you should care what the rest of the world thinks, because your dollars (and that of the other nations who financed the Saudis) have unleashed a draconian, warlike form of Islam to infect a previously peaceful worldwide populus, and they might very well bring about our collective downfall. Nice one USA. Remember what happened to Rome, if you ever learned it.

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