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Online video sharing: an alternative channel for film distribution? Copyright enforcement, censorship, and Chinese independent cinema

Feng, Lin

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Lin Feng



Abstract

Regarding piracy as a crime of stealing copyright holders’ rightful profits, many creative industries, such as the film, music, and gaming industries, are battling for tough administrative and legal enforcement against copyright infringement. However, there is a counterargument that piracy could benefit copyright holders in the form of free promotion. Given China’s tough censorship on film content, this paper investigates how online piracy complicates the distribution of independent films in China. The advance of cyber technology and high-speed Internet access has not only fuelled the spread of online film sharing but also encouraged public participation in the debate of the complex relationship between piracy, copyright, and censorship. Taking Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin (2013) as a case study, this paper evaluates the alternative business models for Chinese independent cinema as put forward by Chinese netizens.

Publication Date Jul 3, 2017
Journal Chinese journal of communication
Print ISSN 1754-4750
Electronic ISSN 1754-4769
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 279-294
APA6 Citation Feng, L. (2017). Online video sharing: an alternative channel for film distribution? Copyright enforcement, censorship, and Chinese independent cinema. Chinese Journal of Communication, 10(3), 279-294. https://doi.org/10.1080/17544750.2016.1247736
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17544750.2016.1247736
Keywords A Touch of Sin; Jia Zhangke; Chinese independent film; Censorship; Piracy; Copyright; Social media; Internet
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17544750.2016.1247736
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Chinese journal of communication, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.

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