Monday, May 07, 2007

"Disney Is Too Far", Let's Start An Unauthorised State-Owned Amusement Park

In 2005 the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was opened. It was build by the Government of Hong Kong and the Walt Disney Company. So far it is the only Disney related amusement park in China. Or so we thought. Japanese bloggers, however, have discovered an unauthorised Disney themepark in China that is state-owned: Beijing's Shijingshan's Amusement Park, which uses the slogan: "Disney is too far"

Not only is the park invested by Disney cartoon figures, such as Micky Mouse and Donald Duck but also by Japanese animation figures such as Hello Kitty and Doraemon. James of Japan Probe has the story, pictures and especially check out the videos posted, see here.

This news does not only show that IPR infringment in China is still rampant, but also the development Japan has made. From one of the great IPR infringers, only a few decades ago, to one of the leading innovators/creators and IPR law abiding nations of IPR owners in the world. China will likely follow Japan's path (probably at an even faster pace).

UPDATE: Why The Mouse Had To Go Out of Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park

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