by Mike Masnick
Wed, Jun 6th 2012 8:30pm
For years, we've discussed how the US has put all sorts of pressure on China to boost its intellectual property enforcement regime -- and each time we warn that this is going to backfire in a big, bad way. To "appease" the US, China keeps ratcheting up its enforcement... but seems to have a habit of doing so in ways that hurt foreign companies. And, even though China declared its supposed copyright crackdown a "success," under increasing pressure to change its IP laws, China has announced plans to double the "fines" for infringement up to 1 million yuan (~$158,000). That seems perfectly in line with the ridiculous statutory rates currently found in the US, but seems even more out of place in China where the average citizen makes a lot less than the average American. Not that there's likely to be much of an effort to use such a law, but laws like these don't get people to respect copyright more. They do the opposite. When the penalties are so out of proportion to the action, no one takes the law seriously.
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