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Copyright Holders Sign China Piracy Agreement 32

eldavojohn writes "On Friday, a whole bunch of associations signed an agreement with China to combat internet piracy. From the article, "China's National Copyright Administration said the country would investigate and punish those suspected of online intellectual property abuses by the movie association as well as other groups such as the Association of American Publishers." From another article, I found that not only was it the MPA but also the Business Software Alliance (BSA), Association of American Publishers (AAP) and The Publishers Association (TPA) of the U.K."
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Copyright Holders Sign China Piracy Agreement

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  • Re:Wet Blanket (Score:3, Informative)

    by Kazoo the Clown ( 644526 ) on Monday December 18, 2006 @07:31PM (#17294042)

    Besides, she can always make up the lost revenues in concert.

    I was about to mod this funny, as a parody of common arguments in favor of music piracy that did elicit a chuckle. However, a couple of important differences did occur to me:

    Book publishers aren't quite so notorious about first paying an advance to the writer and then using creative accounting schemes to insure that is about all the writer will ever get out of them after that.

    Books aren't so dependent on radio play, critical exposure for music that is completely and unfairly controlled by payola. "If payola is illegal, only criminals will get radio play"...

    Given the inequities in music produciton, distribution and compensation, the only truly ethical method of aquiring music is to do two things 1) don't listen to music on the radio, and 2) pirate the music you want, then send a check for what you would have paid directly to the artist. If the artist determines the publisher/distributor has been dealing fairly, let the artist then choose to send the publisher/distributor their cut, rather than the other way around.

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