Online copyright violations are "still rampant" despite the first nationwide
campaign to crack down on the activities, China's top copyright official
But Yan Xiaohong, vice-minister of the National Copyright Administration of
China (NCAC), pledged to work more closely with both the justice and the
telecommunications authorities to create "a lasting mechanism" to curb what he
called a "destabilizing factor in society."
Yan told reporters at a press conference organized by the State Council
Information Office that the problem is "yet to be basically corrected" even
after the crackdown from September to January, in which 436 cases were uncovered
and 205 websites were closed.
follow-up campaign codenamed "Everyday Action" is being waged to root out
existing online violators, Yan said.
For websites which continue to flout rules by adopting new domain names, the
intellectual property rights (IPR) administration will work with the public
security forces to take the operators to the criminal court, he said.
And as for those who ignore warnings and penalties and continue to provide
illegal services without changing domain names, IPR officials will ask the
telecommunication authorities to shut down access to the virtual public, he
A nationwide blacklisting system of illegal websites and operators will be
established, he added.
Plaintiffs who are not satisfied with the financial penalties imposed on
violators by Chinese IPR administrations thought to be too low by some overseas
copyright holders can appeal for reviews, he said.
NCAC officials told China Daily after the press
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More than 400 cases constitute a big catch in the
four-month crackdown on online infringement of intellectual property
rights (IPR) . But the fight against online piracy is far from
the country is developing a digital copyright policing platform to process
all information about copyright violations.
a reward system will be in place this year for individuals who report
State-owned enterprises and government offices are required to set a good
example by using only authentic computer software.
More laws and regulations will be drawn up, with China joining more
IPR-related international conventions.
Copyright holders will be encouraged to set up autonomous associations to
defend their interests.
Protecting copyrights in a country with 140 million Internet users and close
to 850,000 websites requires a lasting commitment, Yan said.
But the NCAC will not allow the problem to disrupt social harmony and tarnish
its international image, the official said, while promising closer cooperation
with foreign governments and businesses in IPR protection.
(China Daily 02/09/2007 page1)