Saturday, April 23, 2011

Copyright Piracy of Communist Books is Not Patriotic

Photo Danny Friedmann
"A book is like a garden that you can put into your pocket"

IP Dragon Weekend Edition

As the Chinese proverb goes "a book is like a garden that you can put in your pocket." However, you cannot multiply books just as plants (well not in the case of genetically modified plants), even though the government might find the books commendable.

The General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) said that the authorities have seized 27 suspects so far for pirating a book on the history of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Mu Xuequan writes for Xinhua. Eight publishers and binderies were closed in Sanhe City, in Hebei.
Mu writes: "Five officials also received punishments for dereliction of duty".

The book that was counterfeited was the second book in the series about the crucial period 1949-1978 period. From the founding of the People's Republic of China by Mao Zedong until the economic reforms and opening up to the world policy of Deng Xiaoping.

The GAPP tries now to fight copyright piracy by launching the Green Bookmark campaign "aimed to persuade the public to buy authorized publications." But how can one avoid that the copyright pirates copy the Green Bookmark too?

Read the Xinhua article here.

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