Apple has announced that it will release a Japanese version of iTunes in 2004, and other online music distributors are likely to follow this trend toward globalization. How will media services like iTunes fare abroad? As Renny Hwang's report, "Digital Media Trends in Asia-Pacific," explains, their success will depend on a variety of legal and cultural factors. Hwang identifies some of the key issues related to online media distribution such as litigation patterns, copyright protection systems, downloading tendencies, and levels of broadband penetration in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia.
3 feb 2004