You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Beijing pledges more anti-piracy hits

China hopes foreign countries find understanding in its plight

BEIJING — Beijing antipiracy enforcers have pledged to step up their fight against intellectual property theft but want foreigners to have more understanding for the challenges China faces, a government official said Thursday.

Chong Quan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, which has led China’s antipiracy efforts, said on the org’s Web site that China had made great efforts to protect intellectual property rights and had set up a sound legal framework to do so.

“All the doubts from some countries, including the U.S., about protection of intellectual property rights in China stem from a lack of understanding of China’s situation,” he said.

His statement comes after reports last month that the U.S., Japan, Canada and the European Union are teaming to put pressure on China at the World Trade Organization to crack down on illegally copied and pirated products.

U.S. companies reckon that piracy cost them over $2.6 billion last year in lost revenues. Pirates control a huge chunk of the market for DVDs, CDs and software.

“We hope that all WTO members, including the U.S., can acknowledge China’s firm determination, effective actions and the progress China has made in IPR protection,” Chong said.

More Biz

  • magic leap logo

    Magic Leap Confirms $500 Million Finance Round led by Temasek

    BEIJING — Beijing antipiracy enforcers have pledged to step up their fight against intellectual property theft but want foreigners to have more understanding for the challenges China faces, a government official said Thursday. Chong Quan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, which has led China’s antipiracy efforts, said on the org’s Web site that […]

  • China’s Perfect World Raises $250 Million

    China’s Perfect World Raises $250 Million for Universal Slate Funding

    BEIJING — Beijing antipiracy enforcers have pledged to step up their fight against intellectual property theft but want foreigners to have more understanding for the challenges China faces, a government official said Thursday. Chong Quan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, which has led China’s antipiracy efforts, said on the org’s Web site that […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Harvard University to Revoke Harvey Weinstein's Du Bois Medal

    BEIJING — Beijing antipiracy enforcers have pledged to step up their fight against intellectual property theft but want foreigners to have more understanding for the challenges China faces, a government official said Thursday. Chong Quan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, which has led China’s antipiracy efforts, said on the org’s Web site that […]

  • Calif. lawmaker calls for ban of

    California Lawmaker Calls for Ban on Secret Settlements for Sexual Harassment (EXCLUSIVE)

    BEIJING — Beijing antipiracy enforcers have pledged to step up their fight against intellectual property theft but want foreigners to have more understanding for the challenges China faces, a government official said Thursday. Chong Quan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, which has led China’s antipiracy efforts, said on the org’s Web site that […]

  • David Cross Says Charlyne Yi Is

    David Cross Accused of Racist Behavior by Charlyne Yi

    BEIJING — Beijing antipiracy enforcers have pledged to step up their fight against intellectual property theft but want foreigners to have more understanding for the challenges China faces, a government official said Thursday. Chong Quan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, which has led China’s antipiracy efforts, said on the org’s Web site that […]

  • law and finance hollywood new leaders

    Hollywood's New Leaders in Law and Finance

    BEIJING — Beijing antipiracy enforcers have pledged to step up their fight against intellectual property theft but want foreigners to have more understanding for the challenges China faces, a government official said Thursday. Chong Quan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, which has led China’s antipiracy efforts, said on the org’s Web site that […]

  • 10 Assistants to Watch hollywood new

    Variety's 10 Assistants to Watch Class of 2017

    BEIJING — Beijing antipiracy enforcers have pledged to step up their fight against intellectual property theft but want foreigners to have more understanding for the challenges China faces, a government official said Thursday. Chong Quan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, which has led China’s antipiracy efforts, said on the org’s Web site that […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content