Crackdown on pirated goods sees results
By Wu Yong and Wang Ziyi (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-02-06 06:19
Mr and Mrs Xiao now spend their days watching pirated DVDs leftover from
their business that was shut down a month ago. The couple had their licence
revoked for selling pirated video products in a market in Shenyang's Sanhao
In order to clean up the audio and video product market and better protect
intellectual property rights (IPR), China's State Council launched a large-scale
operation last year to crack down on IPR infringements nationwide.
pirated CDs and DVDs are destroyed during a recent crackdown on pirated
audio and video products in Shenyang, capital of Northeast China's
Liaoning Province. [China Daily]
Dozens of governmental departments were involved in the crackdown, including
the Ministry of Commerce, local publication administrations, the police and
customs agencies, in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and
Shenyang's Sanhao Street was one of their main targets in Northeast China's
Liaoning Province, where piracy is widespread.
There are two major pirated audio and video product selling areas in
Shenyang. One is in the south of the city on Sanhao Street and the other is in
the Science and Technology Park of Liaoning University situated in the north
part of Shenyang, said Wang Hongyu, head of Shenyang Anti-Pirated Enforcement
Team, in a recent interview.
"These two centres provided over 90 per cent of all pirated compact disks
(CD) to the city residents. But now you can hardly find any pirated products
there," said Wang.
The two markets involved in selling pirated audio and video products were
closed down and 79 businesses had their licences revoked for selling pirated
Over 1.1 million audio-visual discs were confiscated and then later