Thursday, December 15, 2005

MPAA urges China to stop piracy before 2008

During an industry convention in Beijing, Motion Picture Assn. of America chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said:

"In 2008, China will be at the center of the world stage, hosting the 29th Olympic Games. It will be a terrific moment of pride for the country," he said according to the speech. "And so I would like to plant this challenge: by 2008, to have more legal than illegal DVDs sold in China, to have more American movies in Chinese theaters and to have more Chinese movies in American theaters."
Glickman explained why you cannot find counterfeited goods related to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing:
"It is virtually impossible to find counterfeit Olympics goods in China. Why? As one of the Chinese officials said, it is because fakes dilute the value of the logo, the intellectual property upon which the Chinese have invested to finance the games," he said. "The value of that intellectual property is worth protecting for all film producers, everywhere. It's the same value that exists for that independent Chinese filmmaker who was in my office and for all the other filmmakers from around Asia and the world whose collective creative spirit is such a commodity."

Read more here.

The tone of voice of Glickman has become much friendlier. This May is supposed to have said:

"We said [to the Chinese] the U.S. becoming increasingly agitated about piracy. ... We said they need to do something or there would be trade-related problems. ...There's consequences if they don't get it down."
Read more here.
Or here about MPAA getting tough with China.

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