[Cc-hk] FYI: Intellectual Property law in China
ericeldred at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 04:34:53 EDT 2007
Maybe we can use this in our education about CC in HK and China.
The government may or may change IP laws; we can do our part anyway.
World will gain by success of China economic model
By Joseph Stiglitz
As China moves away from export-led growth, it will have to look for new
sources of dynamism in its growing entrepreneurial ranks, which requires a
commitment to creating an independent innovation system.
But if China wants a dynamic innovation system, it should resist pressure by
Western governments to adopt the kind of unbalanced intellectual property
laws that are being demanded. Instead, it should pursue a "balanced"
intellectual property regime: Because knowledge itself is the most important
input in the production of knowledge, a badly designed intellectual property
regime can stifle innovation - as has been the case in America in some
Western technological innovation has focused too little on reducing the
adverse environmental impact of growth, and too much on saving labor -
something that China has in abundance. So it makes sense for China to focus
its scientific prowess on new technologies that use fewer resources. That
may require innovative approaches, quite different from intellectual
property regimes based on privatization and monopolization of knowledge,
with the high prices and restricted benefits that follow.
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