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October 19, 2004



The licensing business is said to be the most lucrative business which is legal, supported and protected by copyright law. But for Chinese people, this law seems to be inefficient. We can see a lot of character goods shops in chinese malls. All the goods sold there are very cheap because they are fake. For Chinese people, it doesn't matter whether they are regular or fake, and the cheaper the better if they are similar. This kind of shop cannot be found in Japan, because Japanese people are very compliant to the law. I can't say which attitude is better, because I think the copyright law is too advantageous to the licensees. For example, just one tiny drawing sometimes makes millions of dollars. I can't believe that the drawing is so valuable.

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