• The Chinese Copyright Dream

    Author(s):
    Sean Pager, Eric Priest
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    MSU Law Faculty Repository
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    Article
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    https://doi.org/10.17613/0p15-v234
    Abstract:
    Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision of the "Chinese Dream" has captured the popular imagination. As a slogan, the Chinese Dream is intentionally broad. Intended to inspire rather than prescribe, it captures diverse aspirations including dreams of material prosperity, environmental sustainability, national rejuvenation, and global leadership. The Dream's ramifications continue to ricochet through state policy echelons and lend themselves to competing interpretations. In that spirit, we advance a modest suggestion: that the Chinese Dream should be, at least in part, a dream about copyright law. A more effective copyright system would bolster China's creative industries, generating a diverse supply of high-quality expressive works whose realization would advance many plausible goals of the Chinese Dream. Yet, copyright has a more fundamental role to play. Xi himself has emphasized that "[t]he Chinese dream, after all, is the dream of the people." Now that dreaming broadly and boldly is state policy, China's people need the space to dream. Copyright provides a mechanism to harness the collective imagination of China's authors and artists. Decentralized investments in diverse, high-quality media will stimulate the robust popular discourse that China needs to articulate and actualize its Dream. In short, copyright can help China dream its own dream.
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