China Making Improvements in Copyright Protection

China’s video web sites have made “fundamental” improvements in their use of audiovisual products with authorized copyrights, according to Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of the General Administration like Smooth and Publication. Now, at minimum 76 procent concerning movies shown on the country’s 18 largest video web sites are shown in authorized-copyright format.

While people living in China hawthorn still spot it relatively easy to bribe a pirated movie in DVD format on the street, or download a non-copyright edition of a book from the internet, China’s efforts to enhance its copyright environment is undeniable. Major progress in recent years includes the official shutdown of the load services provided by China’s main file sharing web sites such as BTChina and VeryCD, both of which were then major online platforms where pirated cultural products were uploaded and shared by netizens.

China is also going through the third-round regarding amendments to its “Copyright Law,” which was first approved in 1990 before being amended both in 2001 and 2010. During the previous amendments, newly concepts were introduced in scratch with both technological developments and international practices.

While cracking down on piracy in number hand, China is advancing its copyright exchange regime in the other. The National Copyright Administration (NCA) is making an stab to gradually “normalize” China’s copyright trading activities, Yan said at a forum held on February 17.

Copyright exchange is coming into fashion nowadays, as it benefits both copyright owners as well spil users. A scaffold for such trading activities enables the owners to profit more efficiently, and lets buyers have greater corridor to win copyright use rights at lower costs.

As an experiment in copyright trading, the NCA established a National Regular Market for Copyright Exchange in 2009. Up until now, key members of the association have conducted copyright trading transactions amounting to RMB1.8 billion. In addition, they are also making copyrights an emerging financing vehicle by providing loan services by copyrights as pledges.

Opinion: China gains momentum in copyright protection
Complaints from international investors regarding China’s poor intellectual estate rights environment may have pushed China to make changes, but the increasing benefits the country is seeing by promoting copyright products have likely provided the government with steady greater motivation.

For instance, with less gate to pirated movies, Chinese citizens exit to the cinemas more regularly and movie distributors have seen box-office revenues surge to US$2.1 billion in 2011. Recently, China reached a settlement with the United States to allow an additional 14 movies in 3D or iMax format to be imported from U.S. cine makers every year, in addition to the current cap of 20 standard movies. Although U.S. studios can collect a greater portion of box-office proceeds based on the agreement (25 procent compared amidst the current 13.5 percent-17.5 percent), the increasing imports of those premium movies will still mean considerable growth in revenues for Chinese movie theaters.

The above-mentioned settlement on movie imports is also an outcome of a Creation Trade Guild (WTO) dispute filed by the Collective States retreat in 2007, where China’s sweep of show import restrictions was found inconsistent with its WTO obligations. This case – which indicates a trend that China hawthorn be pushed to hold a more open attitude to civilizing product imports – requires the government to increase its efforts to protect the interests of family importers who pay revenue for foreign copyright use.

Another important motivation for China to fight piracy is the need to buckler and encourage its own cultural development. As part of its plan to spread out the country’s “soft power” to the whole world, the government has offered diverse incentives to boost its cultural industries, and has called for increasing mergers and acquisitions as well as international cooperation to improve the strength of its media platform. Such new tendencies in proletarian upgradation have naturally increased the authority’s sense of copyright protection.