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China sets out online copyright regime

December 28, 2012

The Chinese government has revealed new measures to supervise and manage the copyright status of films and TV series broadcast online.

Following a meeting of the National Copyright Administration (NCA) addressing the progress of an online copyright infringement crackdown, a statement was issued suggesting that supervision and management measures on the online use of TV and film products would further clarify the targets and procedures of supervision work, a warning system and a copyright database for public monitoring. The NCA has completed drafting and plans to release the measures in 2013.

The NCA’s statement noted that online video piracy has been reined in “to some extent” following the government’s introduction of a self-regulating system that encourages various websites to monitor the copyright status of the video content they host.

According to the NCA, various local copyright administration departments handled 282 cases of online piracy from July to October, with 93 servers confiscated and 183 websites shut down.

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