On Screen China: A Busy Weekend of Theatrical ‘Cannon Fodder’

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A whopping 15 new films will be cast into Chinese theaters this weekend, representing the largest number of new releases within such a short time frame this year. Such a crowded calendar would be more typically seen in the United States, which had about twice the number of releases as China last year, and represents a relatively Read More

Protecting Copyright Online in China: Regulation of the Cloud

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This is the third in our series on online copyright takedowns. In the first part, we provided a general summary of the regulations that establish the takedown procedures. These regulations enable enforcement of the “right of communication through an information network” as it applies to sound recordings and audiovisual recordings. In the second, we looked Read More

‘Martian,’ ‘Point Break’ Deliver 1-2 Import Punch to Four New Chinese Films

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Director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi survival saga The Martian held on to its lead at China’s box office for a second weekend, grossing $13.7 million and pushing up its overall take to $75.1 million after 12 days in theaters. The 20th Century Fox film narrowly edged out Alcon Entertainment’s extreme sports action film Point Break, which Read More

China’s Struggling Screenwriters Fear Being Cut by Alibaba Pictures Proposal

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Last week, Alibaba Pictures vice president Xu Yuanxiang set off a firestorm of controversy among China’s screenwriters when he proposed a new model for crowdsourcing film scripts online that potentially would bypass industry professionals altogether. Read More

On Screen China: Can ‘Point Break’ Ride Out the Crowded Weekend?

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China’s booming box office hit another milestone Thursday afternoon, passing RMB 40 billion ($6.25 billion) for the first time ever in a calendar year. All 12 months of 2014 produced a box office gross of RMB 29.6 billion. December could add an additional RMB 4 billion – 5 billion to the 2015 gross with the release of Read More

China Contracts: Why Hong Kong Courts Are a Really Big Mistake

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Following is the latest in a series of practical posts for anybody doing business in China brought to CFI readers by the China Law Blog.—The Editors We continue to see contracts rendered unenforceable because the American or European party seeks to avoid application of Chinese law and enforcement in Chinese courts. By their own actions Read More

On Screen China: ‘The Martian’ Warms Up a Frosty Month for Hollywood Imports

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At the end of a spell of underperforming Hollywood imports that led to November tallying the lowest monthly box office total of the year thus far, The Martian (火星救援)—with its combination of cool, cutting-edge science and old-fashioned, high-wattage star power—struck a chord with Chinese moviegoers over the final weekend of the month, grossing $48.4 million Read More

Protecting Copyright Online in China: Searching, Linking, or Storing?

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This is the second in a series of posts about China’s system for the takedown of copyright subject matter stored or posted online without the copyright owner’s approval. In our first post, we provided a general summary of the regulations that establish the takedown procedures. These regulations enable enforcement of the “right of communication through an Read More

The Force Hits Chinese Fashion With Star Wars Marketing Push

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Once Darth Vader hits the catwalks, there’s no denying it—the force is now with big names in the Chinese fashion scene as part of a Disney marketing campaign that is spreading across industries to get Star Wars fans excited for the upcoming film. The craze took hold of the Great Wall last month thanks to Read More

On Screen China: Taiwan’s ‘Our Times’ Overcomes Flame Wars, Vanquishes ‘Hunger Games’

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Faced with a glut of poorly received Hollywood imports this past weekend, Chinese moviegoers instead chose Our Times (我的少女时代 Wǒ de shǎo nǚ shídài), a Taiwanese “youthfulness film” (青春片qīngchūn piàn) which earned $17.1 million since its debut on Thursday, Nov. 19. In just four days since its release, Our Times has become the highest-grossing Taiwanese Read More

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