BEIJING, April 19 (Xinhua) -- China's courts concluded 3,942 criminal cases involving IPR infringements last year, up 7.7 percent from 2009.
A total of 6,000 people were found guilty of intellectual property rights (IPR) infringements.
The figures were included in a Supreme People's Court (SPC) white paper released Tuesday that reviews Chinese courts' efforts to protect intellectual property rights in 2010.
The white paper also stated that courts at all levels in the country have concluded 41,718 IPR-related civil cases, a 36.7 percent year-on-year increase.
The Supreme People's Court also held a press conference in Beijing Tuesday to introduce the white paper.
Kong Xiangjun, chief judge with the 3rd tribunal for civil trials with the SPC, announced at the press conference that the SPC would begin drafting a judicial explanation on protecting the copyrights of online publications, adding that more than half of the copyright cases handled by the courts across the country involved Internet copyright disputes.
China's prosecution agency said Tuesday at a separate occasion that 1,660 people involved in 973 cases of IPR infringements and another 1,626 people involved in 861 cases of counterfeiting goods were arrested during a six-month crackdown from last October to March this year.
In March this year, about 40 writers accused China's search engine giant Baidu of infringing copyrights. Baidu's Wenku database was blamed for making literary works available online without the authors' prior approval.
Kong said the courts in the country would work to boost copyright protection while avoiding suppressing Internet development.