The Transgression of Sharing and Copying:

Laikwan Pang

in Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099746
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206793 | DOI:
The Transgression of Sharing and Copying:

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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

Chapter.  5929 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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