China wages war against piracy
Updated: 2007-03-17 19:00 Pirates and bootleggers in China produce 120
million counterfeit audio and video products and 500 million unauthorized books
a year, says an official with the General Administration of Press and
The rampant piracy of audio and video products and books
has seriously affected China's international reputation and future investment
prospects,said Liu Binjie, vice director with the General Administration of
Press and Publication, during a movie festival organized by college students in
"The audio and video product market alone is suffering annual
losses of billions of yuan, while book piracy has left publishers and
distributors with legal copyrights in a very unfavorable position," Liu said.
Liu said while China's on-going crack down on piracy is appreciated by
international copyright holders, the current situation is still far from
Liu called for civilian cooperation to bring down piracy
to better safeguard intellectual property in the country, and boost creative
In a series of raids in Beijing on January 26 and February
7, 1.06 million illegal video discs were confiscated, and nine dealers were
arrested for trafficking and selling pornographic materials.
crackdowns in Jiangxi Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have also
resulted in seizures of more than 411,000 illegal pirated video discs.
According to the official statistics, 19.46 million illegal publications
were seized each month on average from July through September last
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