January 27, 2022

New Article: “Chinese Internet Literature: Preserving Born-Digital Literary Content and Fighting Web Piracy”

Here’s a new article appearing in the Journal of East Asian Librarianship.


Chinese Internet Literature: Preserving Born-Digital Literary Content and Fighting Web


C. David Hickey
University of Florida


Journal of East Asian Libraries
Vol. 2015: No. 161


This paper undertakes to define Chinese internet literature (CIL) and discuss the unique circumstances that make the subject of CIL content preservation so problematic. Copyright infringement and text corruption, in which the text is changed or adapted without author’s permission, are major problems in China. Text corruption mostly results from censorship or web piracy. A recently-developed type of anti-piracy scheme called “literary works fingerprinting” can protect the content of the works themselves, guarding them against plagiarism. If as many of the original CIL documents as possible are consistently archived and digitally fingerprinted, then the born-digital works that remain online will not disappear and cannot be altered, nor can they be easily copied on other sites.

The Journal of East Asian Libraries is published by the Council on East Asian Libraries.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.