The Politics Of Piracy: Intellectual Property In Contemporary China by Andrew C. MerthaThe Politics Of Piracy: Intellectual Property In Contemporary China by Andrew C. Mertha

The Politics Of Piracy: Intellectual Property In Contemporary China

byAndrew C. Mertha

Paperback | February 5, 2007

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China is by far the world's leading producer of pirated goods—from films and books to clothing, from consumer electronics to aircraft parts. As China becomes a full participant in the international economy, its inability to enforce intellectual property rights is coming under escalating international scrutiny. What is the impact, Andrew C. Mertha asks, of external pressure on China's enforcement of intellectual property? The conventional wisdom sees a simple correlation between greater pressure and better domestic compliance with international norms and declared national policy. Mertha's research tells a different story: external pressure may lead to formal agreements in Beijing, resulting in new laws and official regulations, but it is China's complex network of bureaucracies that decides actual policy and enforcement. The structure of the administrative apparatus that is supposed to protect intellectual property rights makes it possible to track variation in the effects of external pressure for different kinds of intellectual property.Mertha shows that while the sustained pressure of state-to-state negotiations has shaped China's patent and copyright laws, it has had little direct impact on the enforcement of those laws. By contrast, sustained pressure from inside China, on the part of foreign trademark-owners and private investigation companies in their employ, provides a far greater rate of trademark enforcement and spurs action from anti-counterfeiting agencies.

Andrew Mertha is the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies and Director of the China Program and SAIS China at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.
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Title:The Politics Of Piracy: Intellectual Property In Contemporary ChinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.59 inPublished:February 5, 2007Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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"You should buy—not steal or copy—The Politics of Piracy. It is an impressive and timely book that will help anyone trying to understand today's (or tomorrow's) battles between the United States and China regarding intellectual property. In it, Andrew C. Mertha draws on years of experience in China and a rich academic background to produce a study that I know scholars, businesspeople, and policymakers will find valuable with regard to both intellectual property and China's engagement of global norms in general." - William P. Alford, Harvard University, author of To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property in Chinese Civilization