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5-27-2009 @ 3:33PM
It will definitely be interesting. I am not sure how property rights work in China's Hybrid Communist/capitalist economic system.I know that China has not been very... um... energetic at enforcing foreign Intellectual Property rights within it's borders.I wonder if The9 is going after blizz for investments The9 made in hardware/software in expectations that the license would be renewed. They may have a leg to stand on if that is the case.To the poster above who said that Blizz should try to get it tried in a neutral location, that isn't going to happen. China has always protected chinese companies, and I doubt a chinese judge would grant that kind of motion. [I am not sayin a US judge would grant a similar motion either]
5-27-2009 @ 3:45PM
"I know that China has not been very... um... energetic at enforcing foreign Intellectual Property rights within it's borders."Lol, thats putting it lightly to say the least. China replicates products and steals patented ideas all the time. From brand name watches, computer hardware, handbags, you name it - they steal it and reproduce it with inferior materials and sell it back to us. Oftentimes these inferior materials prove dangerous and/or toxic. Wouldn't surprise me if World of Fight causes seizures (like some of their cartoons).
5-27-2009 @ 4:18PM
for historical reference...new york experienced its cultural boom because england was unable to enforce her copyright upon the new nation that had very little respect for british intellectual property at the time.later, hollywood experienced its cultural boom because new york was too far away to effectively enforce IT'S copyrightschina's not doing anything unamerican here.
5-27-2009 @ 7:38PM
The9 was pretty stupid to accept EA investment. It would mean exposing the workings of one of your most successful games to your competitor. Is it a surprise that Blizzard bolted? Duh.
5-28-2009 @ 2:15AM
"Wouldn't surprise me if World of Fight causes seizures (like some of their cartoons)."COZ EVERY ASIAN COUNTRY IS THE SAME AMIRITECome on. That was Pokemon. Pokemon is Japanese. Don't cross countries, you end up looking really silly and not a little bigoted. :\
5-28-2009 @ 3:45PM
Fung: Cite your sources for your claim. My reading of history tells me cultural booms come when cultural developments occur in those locations, perhaps spurred by others' ideas (and even including some copycat activity in *some* quarters) but simply swiping them is not developing anything; nothing new = no boom. There's nothing any more "American" about violating intellectual property rights than any other crime is "American."
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