Au­thor­i­ties de­tail ef­fort to shut down vi­o­la­tors of oth­ers’ copy­rights

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 4 China - By LUO WANGSHU lu­owang­shu@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Thou­sands of web­sites have been shut down and links to of­fend­ing sites deleted in a bat­tle against in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty in­fringe­ment, China’s copy­right watch­dog said.

Since a na­tional cam­paign to pro­tect IP rights be­gan in July, su­per­vi­sory de­part­ments per­formed 55,000 eval­u­a­tions of web­sites, ei­ther on­line or at phys­i­cal premises, and sub­se­quently closed down 1,655 sites.

Some 274,800 links to the sites were deleted, while law en­force­ment of­fi­cers con­fis­cated more than 1.5 mil­lion printed books, CDs and DVDs, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Na­tional Copy­right Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China.

Some 314 cases in­volv­ing al­leged on­line in­fringe­ments were filed for in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the copy­right au­thor­i­ties. Of those, 37 were in­ves­ti­gated in co­op­er­a­tion with lo­cal po­lice.

Prov­inces and cities re­leased guide­lines to tackle IP in­fringe­ment in me­dia and avoid unau­tho­rized reprint­ing and re­post­ing of ar­ti­cles, in­clud­ing in Shang­hai and Bei­jing; He­nan and Fu­jian prov­inces; and the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Films and tele­vi­sion pro­grams were tar­geted in par­tic­u­lar. Of­fi­cers from Zhen­jiang, Jiangsu prov­ince, de­tected a web­site that had dis­trib­uted more than 30,000 films. The main sus­pect had gained more than 8 mil­lion yuan ($1.2 mil­lion) il­le­gally, the po­lice said. Bei­jing deleted 20,856 pi­rated film links on 562 web­sites. called In­ter­net Sword, be­gan in 2005 and aims to tackle on­line copy­right in­fringe­ment. It tar­gets mu­sic, movies, lit­er­a­ture, games, ecom­merce and soft­ware. It is ex­pected to last un­til the end of De­cem­ber.

“To pro­tect the copy­rights of movies, TV se­ries and news sto­ries on­line, the ef­fort will se­verely strike web­sites and other plat­forms, such as cloud stor­age and so­cial me­dia plat­forms, that spread unau­tho­rized works,” said Yu Cike, di­rec­tor of copy­right man­age­ment for the Na­tional Copy­right Ad­min­is­tra­tion, at the start of the 2017 cam­paign.

“It will also tar­get web­sites, mo­bile apps and WeChat ac­counts that pub­lish, re­post or spread news ar­ti­cles with­out au­tho­riza­tion,” he said.

ZOU HONG / CHINA DAILY

A model shows off her chrysan­the­mum flower head­dress dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Bei­jing Gar­den of World Flow­ers event on Sun­day. Grow­ers from around the coun­try par­tic­i­pated in the ex­hi­bi­tion, with more than 200 chrysan­the­mum species.

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