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August 29, 2003


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I'm not sure it's possible in the long run to *have* distinctive national IP regimes (beyond encouraging innovation through tax credits and the like), given the web of economic interdependence that links countries and the ability to use trade policy as a blunt instrument.

On the subject of imports, they can always be co-opted - movies can be re-made as can TV shows, directors were lured from Hong Kong to the States, etc.


Ten years ago, I wouldn't have thought so either. But the nation-states have enormous staying power, as do their mutant versions. The war on terror has just strengthened that sense of nationalism, which really didn't have to be so intense.

Imports can be coopted, yes, to some degree. But does Bollywood threaten Hollywood, or do the two play off each other?

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