Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Reverse Piracy

I am curious. People are getting upset that China is copying copyrighted material and making fakes. Sure. That's a problem.

But how about when we copy Chinese innovation? Did they say "Hey. you have to pay license fees for gun powder and silk processing!" No. MCCormick just stolen the Chinese Five Spice recipe. They don't pay Lao Ming Ting for it. Does Lao Ming Ting care? No. Do they make a big deal and try to sue? No. I never hear Chinese people complaining, stop infringing on my rights. They don't even complain about human rights (they just move). Chinese women wore tiny shoes for two centuries and didn't complain. All Chinese people want is to study a lot.

That means we can copy their great wall and catch phrase "Make in China." Good call.

Actually I think that's what American Apparel is trying to do. Let's make cheap China shirts in LA!

"[A]s we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously."
--Ben Franklin

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