Online Film and Music Piracy in China: A Cultural Analysis
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This paper analyzes the issue of online piracy from a cultural perspective, tracing the historical and cultural influences that affected modern-day perspectives on the entertainment industry and its creative products. After the Cultural Revolution, traditional Confucian values declined and in spite of improvements in the perception of the performer, their works never gained a level of respect that merited payment. This has developed into a sense of normalcy and entitlement to pirated goods that exacerbates the online piracy issue in China. This paper therefore aims to offer one of perhaps many different cultural underpinnings of this phenomenon in modern day China, and hopes to offer an additional lens from which we can understand its current piracy dilemma.