The copyright authorities of the United States are not cooperating with
Chinese websites in getting access to movies to broadcast online, a Chinese
government-backed intellectual property organization said in an
According to the Copyright Union of Internet Society of China (CUISC), it's
very difficult for Chinese websites to acquire authorization to broadcast
foreign movies online, because they have to go through a lengthy and tedious
procedure with the proper authorities of the countries where the films were
It is the latest counterpunch from China against the US on intellectual
property (IP) protection after the latter filed two cases to the World Trade
Organization complaining Beijing was not doing enough to punish illegal copiers
of films and music, and that China's restrictions on entertainment imports
violated trade rules.
CUISC secretary general Wang Bin said thousands of movies produced by the
US's six major film companies were authorized in China with the help of the
Motion Picture Association of America. However, no agencies are in charge of
authorizing Chinese online broadcasters to play films made by smaller studios
and independent moviemakers.
Last year, the CUISC asked the US embassy in Beijing for help, asking them to recommend
an accredited institution for copyright authorization. But according to
Wang, the embassy declined the request and asked the Chinese side to go to the
Library of Congress at Capitol Hill in Washington to look up the proper
contacts to get authorization.
"Those movies are huge in number, possibly hundreds of thousands. It's
impossible to do that by the Chinese side alone," Wang said, adding that
although member websites with the Internet Society of China have a strong
awareness of copyright protection, they have no legal channels to be authorized,
and some of them were deceived by agent companies and bought fake copyright
Wang believes online copyright protection needs cooperative efforts from both
sides, and he complained about the US's reproach of China in IP violations.
"Copyright holders are also to blame if they don't help in authorization," Wang