Fake News: The China Trademark Version
A recent article on Cult of Mac, Apple pulls popular iOS game after Chinese company steals its name, is as inaccurate about China as anything I’ve seen in a long time, combining ignorance, sloppiness, and an anti-China bias. Read More
China Gives Hollywood an Early Christmas Present
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?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
If you’re an independent producer, it’s a good time to be selling to China. Read More