Framing Piracy examines film distribution-legal and illegal-in the largest, mostly untapped market in the world: Greater China. Tracing networks of optical disc (VCD, DVD) and online piracy, this book tackles issues of politics, globalization, and technology. It features a wealth of original research, new distribution data, and interviews with film distributors, government officials, and film pirates. With changes afoot in China upon its entering the World Trade Organization, this timely book shows that such transformations have far-reaching implications for policy, theory, and practice.
Shujen Wang is associate professor of visual and media arts at Emerson College and a research associate in the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University.
Part 1 List of Figures Part 2 List of Photographs Part 3 List of Tables Part 4 Acknowledgments Part 5 Introduction Part 6 I: Contexts Chapter 7 1. Global Film Distribution Revisited: Network, Technology, and Space Chapter 8 2. Re-Contextualizing Copyright: Technology, Transnational Trade Regimes, and the State Chapter 9 3. WTO and the Greater China Economic Circle: Local, Regional, and Global Dynamics Chapter 10 4. VCD Killed the VHS Star Part 11 II: Case Studies Chapter 12 5. Film Distribution in Mainland China Chapter 13 6. Film Piracy in Mainland China Chapter 14 7. Film Distribution in Taiwan Chapter 15 8. Profile: Wolf Chen Chapter 16 9. A Culture of Illegality? Piracy in Taiwan Chapter 17 10. The Hong Kong Connection: Distribution, Piracy, and Parallel Import Chapter 18 11. Framing Piracy Part 19 Appendix A Part 20 Appendix B Part 21 Appendix C Part 22 Bibliography Part 23 Index Part 24 About the Author