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    Default WTO Slaps China on The Wrist Over iTunes Restrictions


    It's easy to understand how a casual observer could mistakenly believe that the iPhone, iTunes, and a full offering of technologies from Apple have now found a home in China much they way they've been lovingly adopted elsewhere in the world. But as we recall China's restrictive use of the internet and a variety of digital media, it's a sobering reminder that Apple products can't be as freely experienced and enjoyed in China as they are in many other places.

    Consequently, as emerging technologies clash with the staunch policies of the Chinese government, this week, China received what amounts to a verbal slap on the wrist by the World Trade Organization, which determined that China is prohibiting free trade by obligating foreign suppliers to turn over media to state-owned companies, a process that effectively blocks services like iTunes.

    From this morning's Wall Street Journal:

    China's Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday it regrets the World Trade Organization's decision to reject China's appeal over the WTO's August ruling against Chinese restrictions on the distribution of Hollywood movies and other Western media.
    Naturally, Chinese officials adamantly disagree with the WTO's opinion of the Chinese Government's restrictive trade practices that implement either the outright prohibiting or elaborate filtering of massive quantities of digital media.

    "China has conscientiously carried out its obligations under WTO rules in terms of access to the publishing market since its entry into the WTO," Yao Jian, a spokesman for the ministry, said in a statement posted on the ministry's Web site.
    It has been apparent since word first broke of the iPhone's introduction to the world's largest mobile phone community that Apple would ultimately never experience "business as usual" in China. Earlier this month on ModMyi, I covered the growing evidence of China's apparent appetite for "internalizing" as many components of outside technologies and foreign digital media as possible. Following the recent news that iPhone sales are finally picking up in China, China Unicom hinted at another another ambitious plan in the works: launching its very own App Store.

    Will Chinese officials ultimately stand aside and let iTunes breathe freely in their homeland? I wouldn't count on it. Ever since last year's decision by the Chinese government to briefly restrict access to iTunes in light of the release of the album "Songs for Tibet - The Art of Peace," there is no reason to believe that China will continue to do anything but block the technologies and media that they simply don't want their citizens to obtain.

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    oh China is right!
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    im surprised they even allowed the olympics to be televised over there. chinas depressing.
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    dont like it move, simple... maybe the world be a better place if we had some order.

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    Well..., the reason China has limited internet access and variety of digital media is because the government doesn't want CORRUPTION found in their citizens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew1111 View Post
    I feel sorry for China;s citizen's having to deal with a f**goty governement:MAD:!
    Yeah, me too. It definitely sucks the BIG one. I'm glad we don't have those problems here!

    Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
    Well..., the reason China has limited internet access and variety of digital media is because the government doesn't want CORRUPTION found in their citizens.
    hmmm...depends how you define corruption! I'm sure China is not some divine haven.
    Last edited by hollow0; 12-23-2009 at 09:25 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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