China bolsters IPR protection

Court to simplify prosecutions

China plans to make it easier to collect proof in copyright infringement cases to better protect original material.

Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publication, said China’s top court will bow a new rule this year to simplify the way evidence is collected in such cases.

Hollywood studios have long complained that revenues in China are badly hit by pirate DVDs and illegal downloads, and last year the World Trade Organization decided in the U.S.’ favor in two complaints against China related to piracy and market access.

“In intellectual property rights protection, China hasn’t done enough, but it is strengthening its efforts to create a healthy IPR protection market,” Yan told the China Daily. “It will need time. But some developed countries are also exaggerating the role of IPR protection, monopolizing the market to some extent.”

Specifically, the rule will drop the requirement for a certificate to be produced bearing the signature of the copyright holder before a suspect can be accused of copyright infringement.

This hindered efforts to punish pirates because many copyright holders could not be found, he said.

On Jan. 1 the National Copyright Administration of China started collecting royalties from Internet cafes and long-distance transportation services on behalf of rights owners who register their titles with it.

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