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Archive for March, 2008

Irony or Irresponsible? Economist China Resource Special Report

Friday, March 28th, 2008


Above I’ve posted the cover of The Economist’s March 15 special report on China’s resource pull and the strategic politics associated with it. There is much to be concerned about in China’s policy, as there has been in US resource policy at home and abroad for decades. However, the malign imagery of a evil looking narrow-eyed Chinese sucking up the world’s resources plays on the lowest-common denominator racial stereotype instincts and betrays The Economist’s own cosmopolitan ethos.

Hollywood's Stategic Response to Bollywood 's Copycats

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

See the linked report linked below from the program “Marketplace” (03/17/2008)

“Bollywood’s copycat film industry”

The report suggests that the strategic response of Sony and other Hollywood-linked enterprises to Bollywood plagiarists is, surprisingly, NOT to litigate the property rights infringements of Bollywood film makers. This, despite the fact that some Bollywood copies have gone beyond plot recycling to reproducing whole-cloth dialogue (translated into Hindi), camera angles and props from Hollywood films.

The are solutions other than litigation. It seems advisers to would-be Hollywood litigators are savvy of the problems of public legal action. The public politics of Hollywood taking Bollywood to court would be messy.

Parliamentarians would have a field-day on the nationalist attacks against a target easy to criticize as Hollywood. The media would love an attack on Hollywood too. There is also the less savory matter of the private politics of attacking Bollywood which is still linked to organized-crime and to politically powerful actors and elected officials.

The strategic response of firms like Sony and other major studios is to get involved in the Indian film industry in as many ways as possible. In this way these non-Indian film companies hope to capture for themselves some of the huge volume of Indian plagiarism (up 75% according to the report linked here from Marketplace) of non-Indian pro film production.