Happy Screener Season!

[UPDATE: Following the post, the comment from RandyG is an absolute delight. A must-read.] The not so dirty secret about China’s thriving pirate DVD industry is that – more often than not – the selection is rather thin, out-dated, of marginal quality, and heavily tilted toward bloody Hollywood blockbusters, films with “Shanghai” in the title,…

Between a Rock and a Movie Theater at the National Interest

My new op-ed style essay, ‘Between a Rock and a Movie Theater‘ is now online at The National Interest. This one benefited immensely from a recent conversation that I had with a visiting journalist on the monetization of digital music. [UPDATE 11/1: I am pleased to note that Asia Times Online re-published the National Interest…

Save Five Yuan on Imported CDs!

[That’s US$.36, by today’s exchange, if you’re paying with greenbacks.] Yesterday China announced that it was reducing the tariff on imported CDs, DVDs, and other “published electronic media” from 17%, to 13% – backdated to September 15. If, as numerous media outlets reported last year, the average wholesale retail price for a US-manufactured “new release”…

Friday Night Rights

Just what national interest of the United States is served by trying to keep pirated versions of an American television series about Texas highschool football off the streets of China? Not to mention, one that comes with Chinese subtitles? Hollywood’s usual argument, the bogus one, is that Chinese piracy costs the studios hundreds of millions…