Tips and Tricks from Cambodia

December 5, 2012

How many of Cambodians have suffered from dissing and cursing by foreigners? It would be pretty cool if we could produce songs on our own and get rid of the dissing! You say? I think it does sound cool; however, it isn't that cool for Cambodians.

Many things in Cambodia are fake including songs, CDs, books, etc. However, most of the time we complain about the copied songs as it affects people's reputation as a nation. I think we actually are selfish when we keep complaining about the copied songs without thinking of any other side effects.

Why? In order to clear out the copied songs, we may think of Intellectual Property Rights because it is the law preventing people from copying songs or any other counterfeit products without licensing from the original author or producer.

Since Cambodia entered World Trade Organization (WTO), it is inescapable for us to adopt the law and implement it - just sooner or later. However, Cambodia did raise the readiness of Khmer people to WTO and they did agree to extend the implementation date from 2005 to 2013. And early 2013 is approaching, are we actually ready for this?

Are we ready to pay 50$ for an authentic book? Are you sure you want to pay 2$ for a mp3 from iTunes? What if I cannot use this Windows Vista for free?
There are a lot of things to think, not just the copied songs.

I do know that when we have stronger laws, there will be a lot more investors, but does it really serve the poor? I think those investors would be Gucci, LV, or Prada. They are coming for the rich which is dominant by the poor in Cambodia.

Just a thought, anyway.

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