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Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast AsiaWhat a Difference a Region Makes$
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Chris Berry, Nicola Liscutin, and Jonathan D. Mackintosh

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099746

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099746.001.0001

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The Transgression of Sharing and Copying:

The Transgression of Sharing and Copying:

Pirating Japanese Animation in China

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(p.119) 7 The Transgression of Sharing and Copying:
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Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia
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Laikwan Pang

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099746.003.0008

As one of the most prominent creative industries in the world, the Japanese cartoon industry has yet to consciously turn itself into a full member of this new economy. This chapter examines the industry's ambiguous position in relation to the new global cultural environment. It portrays Japan's cartoon industry from an alternative angle: instead of directly explaining how the industry functions, it examines “peripheral” activities—pertaining to sharing and copying—to analyze the relationship between the reception of the Japanese cartoon and the global knowledge economy. Sharing and copying may be very different activities with regard to the consumption and the production of cultural products, but both are acts related to the establishment of human relationships, and both are criminalized in the global legal regime of intellectual property rights. The chapter focuses on the piracy of Japanese cartoon materials circulated in China.

Keywords:   Japan, cartoon industry, sharing, copying, knowledge economy, human relationships, intellectual property, China, piracy

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