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Originally posted by riceroot at 2005-12-22 11:10
if you call this theft, it is a minor crime, it is practised in many poor countries, not only China, even in London and Paris, the local English and French stall keepers rely on this for living as they're the ones being edged out by modern technology and excluded in their paperchase society.
There are, of course, people around the world that practice piracy. However it is not as rampant in the UK as it is in China. In the UK, illegal merchants are closed down when they are detected. I remember a local TV station investigated such activities at a local festival - the guilty party ran off when he was challenged. However in China, illegal traders can operate with impunity. It even spreads to major bookshops, where Harry Potter books are on sale before it is officially released. If copies get into the public market in other countries, the authorities abide by the wishes of the publishers and confiscate them. But in China no one cares.
It is also not harmless. It causes governments $ billions every year in unclaimed taxes. It also undermines intellectual property rights. Piracy also breeds criminality - it's a source of income for criminal gangs. Today they're pushing fake DVDs, but who knows what they'll be doing tomorrow?
Perhaps China would complain if its products was being pirated rather than it was pirating other countries' works. If China's rise is to be as spectacular as some people claim, then very soon the boot may be on the other foot.......
Originally posted by nissan3
Theft is theft...no other word for it. I don't care if you are a developing
country or a rich one - it is still THEFT.
Well said, nissan3!
[ Last edited by mencius at 2005-12-24 07:56 PM ]