Sunday, May 15th, 2011 at 12:19 pm  |  10 responses

Yao Ming Sues Chinese Sportswear Company

While we’re sure Yao Ming is concerned with whether or not he’ll be healthy enough to compete next season, it appears there’s something else bothering him these days: Companies using his name to sell products. Via Yahoo!: “China’s official news agency says Yao Ming has sued a sportswear maker for allegedly using his name and logo to sell its products. Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that the injured Houston Rockets center had sued Wuhan Yunhe Sharks Sportswear Co. for putting his name and logo ‘Yao Ming Era’ on its shoes. It said the lawsuit was filed in Wuhan, the capital of central Hubei province. Yao has a licensing agreement with Reebok. Copyright infringement is widespread in China, with rampant illegal copying of products from software to music and even medicine. Yao is recovering from an ankle that could threaten his NBA career.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/phoebushine Shan Gao

    Inchina, you may wondering why there are so many things are copied from different original ….in china we call this 山寨 but it still working ~~~many people buy those type of things~all they need is the easy way to use a “copied” and the lower price~~~they never mentioned the copyright,so as the sellers and the manufacturing companies are so willing to do those type pf things….so in my opinion,if YAO success ,it may change the system,but how to success??i don’t think YAO can do that but the chinese government let chinese have a good life in their daily life….so the change happen~! but it’s so tough~~~

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Well that^ clears everything up.

  • http://www.bulls.com. Rigo Gonzalez

    We call them sh*ts bootleg over here.

  • hoodsnake

    Had this Chinese chick-had to leave her quick cos she kept bootlegging my ….

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  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Bootleg is bootleg, but ya’ll have to understand that these American sportswear companies charge way more for their products than the average Chinese citizen can probably afford. They don’t consider what the average person makes–they do direct conversions from American prices to Chinese prices, so basically a $200 pair of Nikes here will cost 1400 rmb in China… It might make sense to an American tourist in China, but to actual Chinese citizens, there is no “American standard.” 10 dollars in Chinese currency, to a Chinese person, is the same as $10 US to an American.
    A person working a $4000/month job in the US wouldn’t be moving to China and making 21,000 rmb–they’d still be making 4000 a month. Exchange rate means nothing if you aren’t moving around from country to country.
    So imagine having to pay upwards of $1000 to sometimes even $1800 for a decent pair of sneakers! We’re talking SHOES here! That’s f*cking ridiculous.
    So obviously it makes sense that people would be willing to pay for something cheaper, but closely resembling whatever new Nike/Reebok/Adidas designs.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Boing: Don’t be a jack@ss, you understood perfectly what he was saying. If Yao is successful in suing this company, it may force the government to be more strict in enforcing copyright laws.

  • green means go

    it really depends on whether you are rich or poor. and that’ll say which side you are on.

  • http://www.slamonline.com blackvictory23

    Teddy, I think I get your point but you lack clarity on your first post…China’s got a lot of problems bigger than unauthorized sneakers with Yao Ming’s name on it.

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