I always try to survey the blogosphere before writing a post on anything. I do this both for research purposes and to make sure I am not just repeating what others have already said. Rebecca McKinnon, who knows as much about China’s internet as anyone alive, so entirely beat me to today’s post idea, and did such a damn good job at it to boot, that there is little point in my doing anything beyond referring you to her post and telling you that I agree with it 100%.
The article is entitled,”China’s new online video regulation: reading the tea leaves,” and if you are interested in the likely impact of the new regulations limiting online video, you have to read Ms. McKinnon’s article and follow her excellent links. How’s that for not repeating?
Update: The Danwei blog just came out with a great post on this same issue, with links to the new regulations in both Chinese and English and to an excellent Kaiser Kuo post. Mr. Kuo’s take is that these new regulations are “more about holding these video sharing and P2P companies responsible for naughty content than about trying to shake- or shut down the industry.” All Roads Lead To China also has a post, entitled, “Are We About to Lose Youtube?” nicely summarizing the new law and describing its likely impact.
Update: David Wolf, one of the very few people in the same league as Rebecca McKinnon when it comes to knowledge of China’s internet has a post, entitled, “Telegraph: The Video Clampdown“, in which he too says, essentially, worry not.

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Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.