In an attempt to rebut allegations that it allows copyright thieves to roam unmonitored throughout Beijing and the great steppes, China has announced that it will impose a copyright fee on internet cafes which allow customers to download and watch movies while enjoying their lattes. How China intends to monitor internet usage at the 140,000 registered cafes has not yet been revealed, but it should not be an insurmountable task for a country with over a billion people seeking work, and whose attitude toward individual privacy is more draconian than democratic. For further information, see the article on the PI Newswire.
I am a commercial litigator and intellectual property lawyer in Orange County. Although my practice encompasses a wide variety of business disputes, I have a particular fondness for, and am prone to wax philosophical on, the subjects of copyright and trademark infringement in music, literature, art, and film.