In Praise of Sweatshops

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OK, one substantive post before I take off for the weekend. Nick Kristof at the Times wrote a good one this week. Here’s the basic argument: Mr. Obama and the Democrats who favor labor standards in trade agreements mean well, for they intend to fight back at oppressive sweatshops abroad. But while it shocks Americans…

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Last Post of the Week on Porn

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I know, way too much on the topic of the government’s anti-online porn campaign recently. But hey, it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Any subject that covers government regulation, IT, law, and nudity — gosh, how could you not talk about it? Actually, this is not a substantive post. My only concern at this…

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End of a Very Long Week

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Well, actually last week was longer, but even so, I’m exhausted. In addition to having too much work to do, there are a lot of deadlines coming up (before Spring Festival). Moreover, I am traveling next week and need to get stuff done between now and the end of Monday. That’s my way of explaining…

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Forcing Creativity

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Since I attended kindergarten, I have had a loathing for cutesy, interactive classroom activities. Perhaps it’s my cold personality (a Chinese colleague, showing off his English vocab, called me ‘cadaverous’ the other day. I just shrugged it off). However, I do understand the need for multinationals (foreign and domestic) to attempt to jump-start the brains…

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Economy, Unrest and Porn in 2009

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Thanks to Danwei and People’s Daily, yesterday I was able to connect the dots and integrate most of the major China stories of the day — in my twisted mind, at least. First I read a linked People’s Daily article, which to me represents all those doom and gloom/bad economy stories. This particular one said…

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Economic Crisis and the Black Death

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When a screenwriter puts pen to paper in hopes of crafting a tale about heroes and villains, there is one fundamental that hasn’t changed in 50 years or so: throw in some Nazis as your bad guys. You can’t lose with Nazis. For novels about medieval Europe, nothing compares to the Black Death as a…

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Tudou Definitely Looking for that Safe Harbor

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Yesterday’s post on copyright infringement litigation and video file sharing sites would have been better served if I had waited a couple of hours and seen this bit of news: Shanghai-based video site Tudou.com is testing a reporting system for copyright owners that is expected to launch after China’s week-long Spring Festival holiday, which begins…

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Google Trademark Case is Interesting After All

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(I just re-read this post. It is extremely wonkish, so if you aren’t an IP lawyer, I would not suggest reading this.) This bit of cryptic news came in yesterday: Google Inc, owner of the world’s most-used Internet search engine, won a lawsuit in China over its subsidiary’s name and trademark in Chinese, ending an…

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Cyberlitigation Update – Looking for a Chinese Safe Harbor

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This is a follow up to several posts last year on IP litigation involving online service providers. You can read background here and here. As a refresher, current litigation in the U.S., China and other countries involves the following: A huge ongoing issue in cyber-litigation is liability for platform operators. Litigation has hit Google, Yahoo,…

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Slow, Yet Racy, News Day

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Still catching up from the holiday, so nothing exciting from me on the blog front. In addition to being generally busy, the news itself has not been much of a source of interest thus far in 2009. Today, for example, the top story seems to be about the government’s attempts to eradicate Internet porn.  The…

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