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China touts tougher piracy stance

Criminal prosecutions up 28% in 2005

BEIJING — China claims it is making progress in the war against piracy, citing 3,250 criminal prosecutions for violating intellectual property rights rules in the first 11 months of 2005, up 28% on the same period in 2004.

The figures were revealed by Cao Jianming, VP of the Supreme People’s Court, in the official Xinhua news agency.

The Motion Picture Assn. of America believes 95% of its members’ products are pirated in China, while Hollywood said it lost $280 million in revenues to counterfeit DVD makers in 2004. It has long complained that China is not doing enough to enforce antipiracy rules.

China’s top judge and prexy of the Supreme People’s Court, Xiao Yang, told a major legal conference that the fight against IPR violation had to be intensified to create a favorable legal environment for independent innovation.

He said the intellectual fruits of authors and technicians should be better protected and Internet-related IPR protection should also be enhanced.

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