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 8, 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 Professor of Government at Cornell University. He is the author of Brothers in Arms, also from Cornell.
Title:The Politics Of Piracy: Intellectual Property In Contemporary ChinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.26 inPublished:February 8, 2007Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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"This very well-written book sets out a clear argument and follows it through the maze of China's bureaucracy, arriving finally at persuasive conclusions. I have never read such a vivid description of how Chinese bureaucracies connect to each other, from the center to the local level. Andrew C. Mertha provides an extremely lucid explanation of why some types of intellectual property rights are relatively well enforced and others are not."—Joseph Fewsmith III, Professor and Director of the East Asia Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Boston University