China Complains About Movie Piracy; Apple Adds Chinese Songs to iTunes (AAPL)

Nov. 4.05 | About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)

The Stalwart submits: In an odd case of role reversal, China is complaining about piracy in the US. Apparently, 150 Chinese movies are freely available on U.S. websites. Here's the statement:

On 29 August, the China Movie Copyright Protection Association was founded [out of several professional associations]. Chairman Zhu Yongde said that the after the founding of the association, it had done much work to strengthen copyright protection of movies, and the particulars of this infringement had been discovered just two months ago. "Although there's a firewall and the websites can't be seen domestically, outside the country they are browsable. Compared with piracy at A/V shops, this has a much broader reach and our losses are thus much greater."

To the RIAA and MPAA, you're now in very good company!

And because it always pays to have an Apple (NASD: AAPL) angle to the China story (even if it's from a couple of days ago, and unrelated to the first part), iTunes looks to be making a big expansion into China, with the addition of several Chinese pop-songs to their catalog. Apparently the biggest hit in China is the amusingly titled "Mouse Loves Rice".


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