BEIJING, May 29 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government
has passed a new regulation to ban the uploading and downloading of Internet
material without the copyright holder's permission.
Under the regulation, effective from July 1, anyone uploading texts, and performance, sound
and video recordings to the Internet for downloading, copying or other use, must
acquire the permission of the copyright owners and pay the required fee.
The production, import and supply of devices that are
capable of evading or breaching technical measures of copyright protection and
technical services are prohibited under the regulation.
The regulation was drawn up on the principle that it
must balance the interests of copyright owners, Internet service providers and
users of the copyrighted works, said an official with the Legal Affairs Office
of the State Council.
It prohibits the intentional evasion or breach of
technical measures to prevent copyright violations. The production, import and
supply of devices capable of evading or breaching technical measures of
copyright protection and technical services are also banned.
Violations of copyright through the Internet usually
involved relatively small sums of money, so the regulation had adopted the
international practice of "notice and delete" to handle disputes, the official
Deletion or change of digital material was prohibited
under the regulation.
Copyright owners could send those breaching copyright
a written notice and ask Internet providers to delete their works or links to
their works, the regulations said.
Internet providers should delete the content and
links upon receiving the written notice from the copyright holders.
The new regulation provides for a fine up to 100,000
yuan (12,500 U.S. dollars) and confiscation of computer equipment for those who
China is the world's second-largest Internet market after the United States with more than 110 million users.
Last September, baidu.com, a leading Chinese search engine, was sued by a Chinese music firm for 68,000 yuan (8,400 U.S. dollars) because baidu's search function violated the Shanghai-based company's copyright. Last month, a technology company developing MP3 download software, Kuro, was sued in the first case involving P2P (peer to peer) downloading in China. Enditem
Related: HKSAR govt backs copyright civic action
HONG KONG, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce, Industry & Technology Joseph Wong has backed the creative industries' civil action against copyright infringers, saying the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government is determined to combat Internet piracy.
Launching a new series of intellectual property rights publicity programs on Monday, Wong reminded the community to avoid illegal uploading and downloading activities. --->>>full story