Archive for May, 2008

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and P2P in China

May 27, 2008

PPStream PPLiveAccording to this wikileaks source the U.S. government and entertainment industry are jointly working on a multi-lateral agreement concerning intellectual property rights. By creating a new global standard for intellectual property rights enforcement they hope to stop the growing use of peer-to-peer (p2p). The so called Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will turn the facilitation of p2p possibilities without making any profit into an illegal activity. The paragraph on the criminilasation of fileshares is already described as the ‘Pirate Bay killer’.

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Earthquake and Stock Prices

May 23, 2008

Last week China went through three days of national mourning for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. As I mentioned in my previous post major portals as Sina, Sohu, and Netease decided to show their content in black and white and were limited to news only. Entertainment websites had to cope with the mourning more drastically: during the 3 days the government restricted access to entertainment content both on the Internet and broadcast media. China-Daily reported the following about it: “All public amusements will be suspended for three days from Monday.”

Perfect World:PW stocks plunge because of the mourning?

 

 

 

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Back home with a bag full of interviews

May 19, 2008

Keeping up with the latest earthquake newsI am back in the Netherlands after a very succesfull time in China. What a great 5 weeks it was! When I look at my extensive business card collection I realise how lucky I am, how many people I actually met, and companies I visited; its almost unreal! Now that I am back it is time to structure and process all the data I have sucked in, and it is a lot:

I have collected around 25 hours of interviews, nearly 5 kilos of booksleafletsreportsanalyses, and a fortune worth of digital reports made by some prominent research companies. Furthermore I have a lot of new Facebook and LinkedIn contacts, around 150 pictures, AND, last but not least, a (more…)