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China touts piracy fight

Official tells of efforts in '05

BEIJING — China raided 17 illegal CD production lines and seized 169 million illegal publications in 2005 in its nationwide crackdown on piracy and porn, a leading figure in the ruling Communist Party said.

“Through such work, we have frightened piracy activities and established a good image for the Chinese government in intellectual property right protection,” said Liu Yunshan, spokesman for the Communist Party’s powerful central committee.

China is keen to be seen doing something about piracy and has introduced a number of highly public programs to stop DVD and other pirates.

Liu’s comments about the antipiracy drive show it has dovetailed with Communist Party efforts to stamp out pornography and illegal publications.

The crackdown also involved the banning of 79 illegal newspapers and 50 videogames, Liu told a conference in Beijing.

Local officials “should severely crack down on illegal publications, purify the cultural market, effectively curb various kinds of piracy and strengthen intellectual property right protection,” Liu was quoted by the Xinhua news agency as saying.

Hollywood sees China as one of the worst culprits in DVD piracy and is constantly urging Beijing to do more to stamp out counterfeiting.

The U.S. government reckons about 70% of the counterfeit products that enter the United States are from China, and that piracy in general costs U.S. businesses about $250 billion a year in lost sales.

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