Last week, he was detained by authorities, accused of "economic crimes"; his whereabouts are unknown. One of his protégés was arrested and sentenced to two years hard labor for attending a pro-democracy rally.
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has gone 'Gangnam Style', creating a parody of the viral video hit performed by South Korean rap sensation PSY. And it stumped Chinese censors... for a bit, until they decided to block Internet access to the video.
After being detained for 80 days by the Chinese Government, artist Ai Weiwei was released on bail. The government cites economic crimes for his detention, such as evading taxes and destroying documents.
As the market for movies and entertainment grows in China, both American and Chinese productions face difficult questions when it comes to Chinese government censorship. But figuring out if things are getting better or worse is harder than it appears.