VIEWS: 10 PAGES: 5 POSTED ON: 10/17/2011
The Chinese government should enforce the international copyright and patent laws Mike One day when I was in middle school, I told some friends I had bought Counter-Striker in a shop. They were surprised and said: “Are you stupid? Why don’t you buy cheap, pirated games instead of expensive legal games?” I was shocked! I had never bought pirated games, and I didn’t even know where to find them! After that, I was embarrassed to buy legal games because of my friends’ mockery. I changed my behavior. I started to buy cheap, pirated games. In the middle of the first decade of the 21 st century, it was estimated that 90% of the computer programs, DVD’S, and CD’S sold in China were pirated versions. The total value of these goods, all of which were produced in China, was between $19 and $24 billion in 2003. If we convert that to the cost of legal copies, it may be $200 billion or more. This amount is almost equal to the total of exports from the United States to China in 2009 (Exports). Some people believe that the cost of producing pirated versions was no more than $16 million (Hays). Counterfeiting and piracy are a big problem in China, and the Chinese government is not really doing anything to stop them. I believe the Chinese government should enforce international copyright and patent laws. The government should do this because only the power of the government can get rid of the pirated versions and help the people who hold international copyrights to receive royalties. In addition, counterfeiting and piracy have a negative impact on the Chinese economy and a negative impact on the relationship between China and the countries where the copyrights are registered. The first reason why the Chinese government should enforce the international copyright and patent laws is because piracy will not end unless the government stops it. The problem of piracy and counterfeiting is found all over China, having pone city or one state trying to control them will not work because it may go to somewhere else. Only the central government can exert influence all over China. People will keep buying pirated versions because they are much cheaper and there is not much difference in quality between them and the legal copies. It’s unreasonable to expect individuals to stop buying pirated versions because of their consciences. The second reason why the Chinese government should enforce the international copyright and patent laws is because the people who hold the international copyrights are not receiving the royalties to which they are entitled because of the pirated versions. Pirated versions are much cheaper than legal ones. People prefer the low price, so the profits go to the pirated producers and the shop owners who sell them rather than to the producers of the companies with legal production rights. For instance, Call of Duty is a famous video game from the United States. A legal copy of Call of Duty will cost you about $30, but the pirated version will only cost you about $2 in China. It’s a huge difference in price so it is understandable for people to buy the pirated versions. The people who hold international copyright get no benefit from their products. Some legal companies-Stardock, for example, even end up in bankruptcy because of the unfair competition. The Chinese government should enforce the international copyright and patent laws to protect the people who hold the copyright from suffering financial losses. The third reason why the Chinese government should enforce the international copyright and patent laws is because counterfeiting and piracy have a negative impact on the Chinese economy. As we all know, the black market doesn’t pay taxes to the government. The total amount of these unpaid taxes is significant and it has a negative impact on the development of the electronics industry in China. In other words, the government revenue decreases because of this loss and it will probably cause at least some slowing of growth of the Chinese economy. As technology develops rapidly, the market share of electronics software is becoming bigger and bigger. If people always buy the pirated versions, the legal companies will get less benefit; it means these companies will have less money to invest in new research and development. The companies might not develop new things because they know if they create a new product, the illegal copy will quickly appear. For instance, only 244 genuine copies of Windows Vista sold in China during the first 2 weeks after it came onto the market (“Only”). Producers have no motivation to develop new products so products are not developed as quickly as they should be. When manufacturers receive benefit from their work, it will encourage them to do more work to get more benefits. In this case, the Chinese government should enforce the international copyright and patent laws to keep the economy running in a normal way. The final reason why the Chinese government should enforce the international copyright and patent laws is because counterfeiting and piracy have a negative impact on the relationship between China and the countries where the copyrights are registered. In fact, most companies which manufacture electronic software are from the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. Their governments are unhappy about the pirated versions in China because the pirated versions make them lose money. Last summer, I interned with the Microsoft Company in China. Mr. Wang, who is an office manager for Microsoft, told me that only 2% of Microsoft products in China are legal copies. The rest of them are pirated (Wang). Can you believe it? It really shocked me. Other countries are angry at the Chinese government because of its negative attitude toward copyright enforcement. The American government tried to convince the Chinese government to take effective actions to stop the manufacturing of the pirated versions, but the Chinese government didn’t respond. The Chinese government should enforce the international copyright and patent laws to keep a good relationship with other countries. The Chinese government has said for years that it is enforcing laws against pirated versions, but there is little evidence that this is true. Enforcing the international copyrights and patent laws is going to have a negative impact on poor and average people because they cannot afford legal copies, but in order to maintain the normal running of the whole electronic industry and the benefit for the legal manufacturers, we have to control the pirates and get rid of them. Piracy is a serious problem in China which is impossible in other countries. It’s time for the Chinese government to take action. As long as there are pirated versions, the Chinese government is abandoning its responsibility. References 1. Maher Kris. “Exports to the United States.” WallStreetJournal.com. 4 Mar 2010. Web. 30 Mar 2010. 2. Hays Jeffrey. “PIRATING AND COUNTERFEITING IN CHINA.” Facts and detials. N.P. 2008. Web. 24 Mar 2010. 3. “Only 244 copies of Genuine Windows Vista sold in China.” Newlaunches.com. N.P. 18 Apr, 2007. Web. 25 Mar. 2010. 4. James Delahunty. “Piracy causes nightmares for Stardock's Demigod.” Afterdawn.com. N.P. 18 Apr 2009. Web. 29 Mar. 2010/3/29 5. Wang, Zhiqiang. Personal interview. 20 June 2009.
Pages to are hidden for
"Piracy"Please download to view full document