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Title: Online video sharing: an alternative channel for film distribution? Copyright enforcement, censorship, and Chinese independent cinema
Authors: Feng, Lin
First Published: 13-Nov-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Communication Research Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Citation: Chinese Journal of Communication, 2017, 10 (3), pp. 279-294
Abstract: Regarding piracy as the crime of stealing copyright holders’ rightful profits, many creative industries, such as the film, music, and gaming industries, are battling for stricter 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 strict censorship of 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 fueled the spread of online film sharing, but has also encouraged public participation in the debate on 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 put forward by Chinese netizens.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17544750.2016.1247736
ISSN: 1754-4750
eISSN: 1754-4769
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Communication Research Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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