Maybe we should be harder on China instead of our own tech industry?
WaPo is running a good article about piracy in China: Pirated Goods Swamp China.
The disconnect between the official word from the capital and the actuality of the street highlights the entrenched nature of one of the most nettlesome trade conflicts between Washington and Beijing. Though China is in the midst of one of a series of periodic crackdowns, experts said the continued blatant sales illustrate that the government is more interested in managing the politics of the problem than curbing the reality.
In recent months, the Bush administration, facing pressure to address the United States' $124 billion trade deficit with China, has accused Beijing of unfair business practices.
But intellectual property experts said the recent activities have been more political theater than a genuine shift in market activity in an effort to give the Bush administration something it can use to declare progress in an election year.
While we are back here trying to pass the Induce Act (IICA), China is actually costing our copyright industries hundreds of billions of dollars in losses (and we are running a similarly huge trade deficit with them). Maybe our priorities are a bit screwed up? Instead of trying to squeeze US consumers and grant content makers a veto over new technologies capable of copying, thus stifling US tech innovation, why don't we try to actually do something about the situation in China?
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