China Copyright: What is a Work for Hire, and Why You Should Care

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Creative works outsourced to China are protected by copyright, but not always in a way companies expect. And because so much work in China occurs without a legally enforceable contract, once companies realize their IP portfolio is not nearly as robust as they thought, it’s often too late to do anything about it. Read More

Which Entity Should Own Your China IP?

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Clients often ask us which of their entities should own their IP (patents, trademarks and copyrights) in China. The basic answer is usually simple: whichever entity will be using the IP in China. Read More

China Difficulties, Netflix, and Why We Love Licensing

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Netflix for years was trying to set itself up in China, so as to be available to viewers in China, just as it is available in “over 190 countries.” Read More

Apple in Beijing’s Sights Over Live Streaming

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Live-streaming apps have come under greater scrutiny from regulators, in part due to the spread of sexually suggestive or explicit performances carried by them, but also for the potential of some to showcase instances of civil unrest. Read More

Who’s Minding the Store in China?

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It’s one thing to sell knockoff Mickey Mouse backpacks at a mall in Nanchang, where you could clear out in a day if you had to. It’s quite another to build and operate a theme park. Read More

326 Chinese Cinemas Punished for Box Office Fraud

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China’s media watchdog released a full list of the offending theaters alongside steep fines and suspensions related to the extent of their fraud. Read More

The Tax Man Cometh for China’s Wealthy Net Celebs

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The tax bureau of Beijing’s Chaoyang District has urged one unidentified live-streaming platform to pay back taxes of RMB 60 million (US$8.7 million), Beijing Youth Daily reported Monday. Read More

China-Hollywood Deals: Not So Fast

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It would be a mistake to assume this is just a temporary hiccup and that Chinese companies will be back investing huge amounts in Hollywood in a few months. China still has a ton of money, but for the foreseeable future, the money is staying in China. Read More

China Copyrights: No, You Can’t Call It Fair Use

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As China’s homegrown media companies like Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent continue to pay serious money for the rights to stream tv shows, movies, and other copyrighted material, more lawsuits are being filed in Chinese courts seeking to enforce China’s copyright law, and more official efforts are underway to reduce the amount of pirated material available in China. Read More

China Trademarks: The Limits of Fame

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In the HBO Studio Restaurant matter, Home Box Office faces two big problems. First of all, HBO is not well-known in China in ANY context. Read More