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Controversy over Intellectual Property Rights

In the business world, what does the general public think of the controversy of intellectual property rights? Specifically, whereas the U.S. makes it illegal to buy pirated music or DVDs, in China locals and tourists can buy them from unlicensed street vendors for $1 or less. If the locals claim their much lower monthly income (as compared to the much higher income in the developed world) entitles them to lower prices, what does this do to consumer practices such as this?

Why are intellectual property rights not able to be regulated for consistency in international business to avoid such an issue?

Just out of curiousity, if a U.S. citizen went to China and purchased pirated CDs or DVDs, how would our customs laws come into play once the citizen tried to re-enter the U.S. with the items.

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It appears that the general public thinks that intellectual property rights should be legally protected internationally, but it is quite apparent that other nations tend to have that own economic agendas for not providing for the protection of intellectual property rights, through the development and enforcement of laws in this respect. In the situation in which a country such as China allows street vendors to sell music ...

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The solution discusses the controversy over intellectual property rights.