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5-28-2009 @ 9:46AM
My girlfriend did a whole study on the Chinese black market and counterfeit products while we were studying abroad in Shanghai. It’s not so much that the Chinese don’t believe in scientific discovery and creativity but that the culture has an entirely different outlook on intellectual property than we do in the west. The general opinion of many Chinese is that if an idea is good, why not use it? Why do you need to ask for permission to have Donald Duck and Porky Pig selling your cell phones? To them, claiming these ideas as being one’s own is as alien an idea as claiming one invented the shovel.Is this a healthy philosophy to have? Not if you want to do business with people overseas and be a part of the global economy it isn’t. Many US companies are becoming hesitant to do production in China based on truly legitimate fears that their blueprints will be replicated for counterfeit use once they turn their backs. They’re also unwilling to trust their own Chinese branches overseas and will prefer to import western workers to do higher level jobs in the country.Overall, if the Chinese want to keep doing business on a global scale, they need to learn to operate outside their bubble and pay attention to the legal and ethical standards the rest of us do. This newly premiered game is just one small example of Chinese entrepreneurs paying little regard to the integrity and creativity of other businesses.
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