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Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China

Fei-Hsien Wang


This book reveals the unknown social and cultural history of copyright in China from the 1890s through the 1950s, a time of profound sociopolitical changes. It draws on a vast range of previously underutilized archival sources to show how copyright was received, appropriated, and practiced in China, within and beyond the legal institutions of the state. Contrary to common belief, copyright was not a problematic doctrine simply imposed on China by foreign powers with little regard for Chinese cultural and social traditions. Shifting the focus from the state legislation of copyright to the daily ... More

Keywords: copyright, China, piracy, Chinese booksellers, Chinese publishers, Chinese culture, Chinese traditions, Chinese authors, Chinese state agents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691171821
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691171821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fei-Hsien Wang, author
Indiana University, Bloomington