China Gives Hollywood an Early Christmas Present

 /  Legal  / 
As Bloomberg reported last week, China’s propaganda ministry has approved an additional seven foreign films to play in China this year in excess of the 34 film quota. These newly approved films will play theatrically on a revenue-sharing basis. Read More

Did China Really Create a New Trademark Office?

 /  Legal  / 
The truth is that Chinese companies do need help protecting their IP overseas, and it makes complete sense to have a China-based resource. Read More

China Trademarks: Should You Register A Movie Title as a Trademark?

 /  Legal  / 
Unlike copyrights, trademarks are country-by-country, so what is true in the U.S. is irrelevant in China. Read More

China Copyrights: Hello Mr. Billionaire and Public Domain Material

 /  Legal  / 
As of December 31, 2018, the works of any author who died in 1968 will arguably be in the public domain in China. That’s a lot of potential material coming on the market. The larger question is whether Hollywood will view this as a threat, an opportunity, or both. Read More

China Trademarks: The Hits Just Keep on Coming

 /  Legal  / 
Faithful readers of the blog will remember that we have expressed a combination of incredulity and bemusement at the massive numbers of trademark applications being filed in China over the past few years. Well, the hits just keep on coming. Read More

China Movies Gone in 48 Hours: Asura and Schadenfreude

 /  Opinion  / 
The real lesson from Asura, and the reason I think its implosion will ultimately prove to be a good thing, is that it shows the Chinese film industry is maturing. Read More

Trump, Tariffs, and Tinseltown

 /  Opinion  / 
The USTR has released a tentative list of 6,031 product categories that, in aggregate, allegedly represent $200B worth of Chinese imports. Included on this list, to the chagrin of almost everyone in the entertainment industry, is this category.... Read More

China Copyright Protection: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Plagiarism

 /  Legal  / 
How do you know when a copyright has been infringed? For years, this wasn’t even a question people asked in China because it was so obvious. Slowly but surely, though, China’s enforcement of copyright infringement has improved. Read More

China Film: Quota? What Quota?

 /  Opinion  / 
If you’re an independent producer, it’s a good time to be selling to China. Read More

China Movie Stars and The Two-Contract Problem

 /  Legal  / 
Over the past couple weeks, the Chinese Internet has been abuzz with chatter about how Chinese movie stars allegedly underreport income via a dual-contract system in which only one contract is disclosed to the tax authorities. Read More

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