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Taiwan's digital content providers face marginalization: expert

Taiwan's digital content providers face marginalization: expert

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Taiwan's digital content industry faces being marginalized in the digital age as tech giants expand in China, an expert said Thursday, calling for a better environment for local digital content providers. "In the era of digital convergence, Taiwan is in danger of being marginalized," said Taiwan Digital Publishing Forum Chairman Ho Fei-peng at the first of nine Ministry of Culture forums being held to seek consensus on Taiwan's cultural policies. Ho said tech giants such as Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are setting up plants in China, which further accelerates Taiwan's potential marginalization and causes concern for Taiwan's role in the Chinese digital publishing world. "If China becomes the core center for providing Chinese-language digital content in the future, what should Taiwan do?" he asked at the forum, where participants discussed strategies for Taiwan's cultural and creative industries. He said Taiwan's government should improve regulations for local digital content providers and crack down on piracy or Taiwan's digital publishing industry would be unable to flourish. Ho also said the government should allow public access to some of its digital archive contents so that some traditional Chinese materials, which have no copyright issues, can be used by Taiwanese companies to make films and for other purposes. He said once such content is made public, all kinds of creative forces will be released and venture capital investment may not even be needed. Meanwhile, Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai, who attended the forum along with industry representatives, experts, government officials and artists, asked television producer Wang Wei-chung if the popular music industry is still Taiwan's most competitive industry in the Chinese-speaking world. In response, Wang said the pop music industry is still one of the most competitive industries because it is able to generate revenues from not only music, but advertisements, concerts and other side events. As for whether the pop music industry still needs government support, Wang said "it is hard to say" and mentioned South Korea as an example, saying the South Korean government still offers great support to entertainment businesses. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-03-04 20:45 GMT+08:00