Smashing piracy takes public events and support
Tens of thousands of pirated books, DVDs, CDs, and computer discs were smashed to pieces publicly Saturday in Beijing, marking the beginning of a series of activities aimed at strengthening copyright protection.
Among those taking part in the public destruction was Feng Xiaogang, a renowned film direc-tor who was appointed as the 2005 spokesman for copyright protection.
Feng said at a forum held after the event that everyone should take action to fight against piracy. He said Beijing's reputation will not be worthy of hosting the 2008 Olympics if it fails to root out piracy.
Statistics show that copyright authorities across China confiscated more than 85 million pirated products last year, 25 per cent more than in 2003.
"We do not know when the problem can be solved, but we do know China will take up the challenge," Wang said.
Yan Xiaohong, deputy chief of the administration, said officials have set "fewer complaints, more action" as their guideline for IPR protection in 2005. "China will absolutely fulfil its commitments to the world," Yan said.
At the forum, a Beijing anti-piracy declaration was issued by the China Audio-Video Association, which promises that the industry will not publish, produce, sell, use and spread pirated products.
On Saturday night, about 100 Chinese music celebrities gathered at Beijing's Capital Stadium to sing for public support in the fight against rampant music piracy.
(China Daily 02/28/2005 page2)