You can find almost anything that has ever been produced by the human race on China’s streets — illegally.
Topic: The Problem of Chinese Piracy
Dan Glickman: In China there are basically two major issues. The first issue is there is not a lot of intellectual property enforcement on the streets or in the web rooms. And so there’s . . . you can find pirated material all over China. And there’s not been a very effective way of enforcing that. We’re working on that, but it’s very, very, slow. The second problem is market access. The Chinese severely restrict the amount of foreign product – including American product, film product – that comes into China legally. Not only is that bad in and of itself, but it then encourages more pirated material to be on the street. Because you can find almost anything that has ever been produced in the human race in China that’s on the streets illegally.
Recorded on: 7/6/07