China confiscates 36 mln illegal audio, video products in 2009

08:31, February 05, 2010      

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China confiscated 36.13 million illegal audio and video products during last year's nationwide campaign, the Ministry of Culture said Thursday.

Law enforcement department across the country also revoked 6,632 licenses and imposed 180 million yuan (26.4 million U.S. dollars) in fines.

According to the ministry, last year's campaign prioritized intellectual property right protection, the rights and interests of minors and national security.

In addition to printed, audio, and visual media, the department also strengthened its supervision of the Internet, as the market for online games, music and films developed rapidly, the ministry said.

Last December, the ministry began to monitor more than 4.65 million computers in over 81,000 Internet cafes across the country to watch for illegal online games.

According to a report released on Dec. 25, China has banned 219 illegal Internet games with lewd, pornographic and violent content. It has also blocked access to illegal games' websites more than 87 million times since the beginning of 2009.

China launched a series of nationwide campaigns in 2009 to crack down on lewd and pornographic Internet content.

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