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Bill Clinton is hijacked in China

by James Denison / August 2, 2004 12:34 AM PDT

or maybe better to say "shanghaied"! Either way, ripped off in Shanghai or having his book hijacked, it's about the same. I had a whimsical thought about his lies bearing fruit.


SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Alfred A. Knopf, publishers of Bill Clinton's best-selling "My Life," say they haven't yet sold the Chinese-language rights to China. So China's copyright thieves have struck again, concocting their own versions.

One 438-page paperback version called "Wode Shenghuo" ("My Life") sells for 10 yuan ($1.20) at a temple book fair and carries the former president's photo on the cover, just like the 957-page original. But it's not the same photo.

The copyright information incorrectly lists the original publisher as Simon & Schuster.

Oops. Simon & Schuster published Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Living History," not her husband's book.

The book lists "Clinton, HR" as the author, and just about all of it is lifted verbatim from the Chinese-language version of her memoir.

Piracy of books, movies, music and software is rampant in China, despite vows by

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