China is notoriously passive in protecting others’ third-party IP rights. I have spoken and written extensively on this in the past. One could argue that China’s expansion in a number of industries (auto, electronics, railways) has built upon its access to IP of collaborators that were later applied to Chinese ventures.
Now, we are told that “Chinese government, partnering with portal site Sina, is setting up a new firm to pull off toughest ever regulation over digital music copyrights.” Um, ok. I’ll believe when I see it. In the mean time, cut the cards. Or, maybe it is the case as with other industries, that China is willing cede its “most notorious outlaw” status to other countries, such as Vietnam.
The free-to-download bonanza has pushed Vietnam’s Zing.vn into the ranks of the globe’s top 550 websites.