Intellectual Property – Moscow ’80


“China Daily” is the official English newspaper of the government of the People’s Republic of China. China, quite naturally, is obsessed with the Olympics, so the China Daily website has an Olympic section. This is mostly well and good.

There is a “Past Games” link there. Click it. Then click on “1980 – Moscow”. What would you expect to find there? Great achievements of the Chinese sportsmen? No can do, China boycotted Moscow ’80; isn’t that ironic.

What you will find there is, arguably, the most memorable and wildly positive thing about that event—the “Farewell, Misha” song.

But wait a second … didn’t i mention it once? Why of course i did. And they copied my translation word for word.


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