A few days ago, we all heard that several of China’s major web portals would be moving towards a pay model for music. In other words, no more pirated MP3 files. You want it, you need to pay for it. Xinhua announced today that this presages a new era in China’s fight against IP infringement, [...]
More action by the online mob, but this time it looks like they got their facts wrong.
After reading this Op/Ed, all I know is that the Internet is a dangerous place, and we should blame the U.S.
Hiding your IP misdeeds in the cloud? Think again. They just might be coming after you in the near future.
China released proposed changes to its Internet law on Thursday that aim to further eliminate anonymity on the Web and expand control over the companies behind the country’s boisterous microblogging scene. In a draft update of the government’s “Methods for Governance of Internet Information Services”, China is proposing to widen the definition of Internet information [...]
More men write about politics and the military, while women are more interested in entertainment and lifestyle issues?
Did public pressure lead to arrest of serial rapist? Not according to what I’ve read.
The answer is, of course, yes, but the real question is by how much? I honestly do not believe we know the answer to that question. James Fallows noted this on his blog yesterday: After another several-month stay in China last year, I came up with one proxy for China’s ability to take this next [...]
China is not the only country looking to stop anonymous online posts and comments. There must be a ‘big picture’ here somewhere.
Online defamation and copyright infringement are everywhere these days. But how do you sue someone in China if all you have is a username?
Is Sina’s move designed to crush the spirit of microblog users, a portent of the coming weibopocalypse, or perhaps hardly worthy of a ‘Meh’?
I’m still on the road here in HK, so the blogging is going to stay sporadic for the remainder of the week. In the meantime, have a look at this Reuters article on VC funding of China startups. Here’s a taste: China’s hot Internet sector is facing a problem it is unaccustomed to: a lack of [...]
Imagine you’re a victim of online fraud and desperate to get some help. Then you find a police web site dedicated to stopping online fraudsters. You’d be quite relieved, I’m sure, and if you’re particularly gullible, you might be persuaded to part with a small sum of money required as an enforcement fee. You can [...]
China’s judiciary says that it should be more open to public opinion. Leave it to me to find the downside.
A moral decline? Impossible to judge. The discussion itself is quite educational, though.
A balance between the rights of consumers and brand owners against those of online merchants already exists. Some protesters don’t get it.
Minor story, but if you’re wondering about recent trends in the intellectual property scene over here, keep your attention on the Internet. According to China Daily, the Supreme People’s Court is planning a judicial interpretation sometime next year to deal with this issue. The SPC issued a statement that included the following stats: . . [...]
Get ready for Real ID for users and a new licensing system for microblog operators.
Over the weekend, the government told the big Internet companies that tighter regulations were on the way. This was not an exercise in consensus building.
One of the high-tech zones in Beijing has been running a pilot project for the past several years that allows start-ups to secure loans backed by intellectual property. The program is now being expanded, and the State Intellectual Property Office is reportedly reviewing guidelines. It’s well known that start-ups in China have huge problems going [...]