Piracy crackdowns mark China's copyright protection progress

13:50, April 21, 2011      

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During the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010), China's copyright administrations at all levels imposed administrative penalties for more than 49,000 piracy cases; handed more than 1,600 cases to judicial organs; shut down more than 128,000 illegal businesses and 3,500 illegal markets, and they seized 317 million pirated products, according to information from the country's National Copyright Administration on April 20.

In addition to strengthening daily supervision, China has made great efforts in the past five years to crack down on Internet piracy and the illegal pre-installation of computer software, and it has worked to promote the use of licensed software in enterprises. Rapid response mechanisms for copyright protection that were activated during major events, such as the Beijing Olympic Games, Shanghai World Expo and Guangzhou Asian Games, have yielded satisfying results.

Meanwhile, China has established a relatively sound copyright public service system. The system is represented by the Copyright Protection Center of China and combines the registration of software and other works, record keeping of contracts and registration of copyright pledges. In addition, the number of registrations of software and other works in China respectively rose from 23,000 and 152,000 in 2006 to 81,000 and 370,000 in 2010.

By People's Daily Online
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