The Chinese Pirated DisneyLand

Someone sent me this link (here)

With its slogan “Disneyland is too far,” Beijing’s Shijingshan Amusement Park features a replica of Cinderella’s Castle, with staff dressed like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other Disney characters.

None of this is authorized by Disney – but that has not stopped the state-owned park from creating its own counterfeit version of the Magic Kingdom in a brazen example of the sort of open and widespread copyright piracy that has Washington fuming.

The United States announced Monday it would file a case at the World Trade Organization over rampant copyright piracy in China, a practice which US companies say deprives them of billions of dollars each year.

But 31-year-old housewife Zhang Li betrays a typical Chinese attitude on the issue while chasing her young son around the park.

“I don’t understand why that is such a big problem. Shouldn’t others be able to use those characters besides [Disney]?” she asks.


Cisco IOS is one thing but an entire theme park, what’s next mom, apple pie, the flag, The Daily Show?


6 thoughts on “The Chinese Pirated DisneyLand

  1. No.

    I am saying that state-sponsored and independent Chinese organizations, apparently supported by the Chinese population, continue to blatantly disregard and violate well-established, internationally recognized intellectual property rights, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc…my fear of course is that Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart will be next which will undoubtedly lead to the collapse of western civilization faster than a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would lead to a major escalation between some of the worlds leading economic and military powers.

  2. I thought so, just making sure. 🙂 Your last statement is just a bit misleading.

    Of note, that person from the interview (typical Chinese) lady may have no idea about copyright laws and such in a country that is almost fully state-run. While you’re right, the state-run stuff may be to blame, I’m not sure all those people really understand our (or maybe the world’s) laws and expectations on content and copyright and trademarks. We’re lucky in this regard to be part of the country that pretty much pushes all these laws, so we’re inherently used to them and how they sound and act.

  3. Not that it’s an excuse, but you need to consider the mindset; This communist culture was not bred to recognize private property. Any goods are property of the whole.
    How are you going to swim against that tide?
    all you going to get are blank stares… “how come I can’t reprint your bestseller!?”
    Mao would be proud.

  4. People are people, I was not implying that the Chinese people were inherently dismissive of international law, as as been pointed out they are not exposed to much of it in the same way we are in the US

  5. interesting article, but I would come to a different conclusion(s).

    Sure you are right that they (whoever that may be) are infringing upon copyrights and patents. But, and here comes the ‘but’, the idea of Mickey and Disney as somehow superior to local aesthetics is a complex phenomenon. The preference for Disney products (whether fake or not) seems to suggest a homogenisation of tastes and cultures in that they represent an instrumental reasoning embedded within capitalism. The system indicates a certain normativisim and excludes alternatives of Chinese origins (or other non-Western origins in that matter). So, China is changing, its landscape of course, but also its people.

    What I am trying to say is that there are a decreasing number of alternative modes of modernisation or aesthetics, because they are eliminated as being wrong, i.e. outside the capitalist realm, from the onset of their creation.

    I am not defending communism as such, cause I don’t think that, that has much to do with it really. Its just the mechanism embedded within capitalism which distort reasoning.

    Last point, when they would not infringe IPRs they would never visit a Disney park, buy a Disney DVD or whatever, because these products are far too expansive for most Chinese. So, I think a lot of Disney people would say: ‘okay they screw our pattern right, but at least we get brand reputation now and when the time is right (when Chinese/ Russians can afford it) we will be market leader once again’.

    Cheers and keep up the good work,


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