The changing role of copyright in China's emergent media economy

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Montgomery, Lucy and Ren, Xiang. 2015. "The changing role of copyright in China's emergent media economy." Rawnsley, Gary D. and Rawnsley, Ming-Yeh T. (ed.) Routledge handbook of Chinese media. Routledge. pp. 315-329
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The changing role of copyright in China's emergent media economy

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleRoutledge handbook of Chinese media
AuthorsMontgomery, Lucy (Author) and Ren, Xiang (Author)
EditorsRawnsley, Gary D. and Rawnsley, Ming-Yeh T.
Page Range315-329
Chapter Number19
Number of Pages15
Year2015
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN9780415520775
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781315758350-24/changing-role-copyright-china-emergent-media-economy-lucy-montgomery-xiang-ren
Abstract

This chapter introduces the changing role of copyright in China from a historical perspective. It begins by briefly tracing the history of copyright, from a censorship related system associated with the emergence of the printing press in Imperial China, through modernization during the Republican period, abolition under Communism, and finally to the introduction of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) first copyright law in 1990 and the nation’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. It also discusses the changing landscape of copyright industries in the digital age. There are signs that some media firms are finding it more profitable to simply develop new business models than to attempt to apply models that depend on strict enforcement, particularly in a digital environment. Tensions between black-letter law and copyright practices in China provide important insight into the complex ways in which copyright connects to wider commercial, economic, legal and technological landscapes in all markets.

Keywordscopyright; China; media industries; business models; digital
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480603. Intellectual property law
470107. Media studies
470102. Communication technology and digital media studies
359999. Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Australian Digital Futures Institute
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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