The one phrase you hear very little of whenever China's economic potential is discussed is 'intellectual property'. This is because China is world champion in every branch of piracy known to man. I don't think there's a CD, DVD, computer game or software package that is not illicitly available for a dollar or two in virtually every town in China.
The reasoning is simple: even if the Chinese wished to respect intellectual property (a big 'if'), they simply could not do it. This is because IP requires a culture of laws and adherence to them, plus an infrastructure of courts, legal services and all the other paraphernalia of litigation and enforcement. Neither the culture nor the legal infrastructure exists in China, and it will take decades to build. Even if China's rulers wanted to transform their territory into a society which respected intellectual property, they simply could not do it on any realistic timescale.
Sounds to me like someone is posting to get more "hits" on google.
(these are just top searches from the week ending april 10, so hopefully people have since grown bored of these searches and our hits won't be affected)
when i wrote that long conjunctive sentence i had on my mind only the fact that, with a little imaginative stretching, all the items were related to the material in the guardian article.
and tony, let me know when you're going to china.
I will also be performing a free concert in Madison Square Garden on an unspecified date in the near future.
Look for me on the top of the google hits list next week.
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