The Blob

Friday, May 04, 2007

This is totally lame...

Did you know that there is a Disneyland in China? I didn’t either. Nor did Disney. With its slogan “Disneyland is too far,” Beijing’s Shijingshan Amusement Park features a replica of Cinderella’s Castle, with staff dressed like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other Disney characters.

None of this is authorized by Disney - but that has not stopped the state-owned park from creating its own counterfeit version of the Magic Kingdom in a brazen example of the sort of open and widespread copyright piracy that has Washington fuming.

The United States announced Monday it would file a case at the World Trade Organization over rampant copyright piracy in China, a practice which US companies say deprives them of billions of dollars each year.

Here's the link for an article and photos of really lame Chinese copies of Disney characters. And just for fun, read this article in Wikipedia about Chery Automobiles, the leading Chinese car manufacturer, which thinks nothing of counterfeiting other companies' designs. Completely.

If the Chinese expect to dominate the world in this century, they won't get there with blatant counterfeiting, which seems to be what they do best. Original thought counts. And we're keeping score.

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