China backs tough piracy stance

MPAA reiterates concerns over property

China on Friday agreed with the Motion Picture Assn. of America and other groups to do more to tackle copyright piracy on the Internet, the official Xinhua news agency said.

China’s National Copyright Administration said the country would investigate and punish those suspected of online intellectual property abuses by the movie association as well as other groups such as the Association of American Publishers.

Piracy is one of the trade issues that has poisoned trade relations between China and the United States, and has been a focus of two days of talks in Beijing, led on the U.S. side by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

On Beijing streets, pirate DVDs cost about $1, while cyberspace is becoming a growing source of piracy where people habitually download unauthorized music, software and films.

Piracy costs U.S. industry about $2.3 billion a year in revenues for films, music and digital goods, U.S. officials have said.