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March 23, 2010, 3:13 pm
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Beijing officials announced last week, ahead of the upcoming 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, that they are set to launch an anti-piracy and copyright infringement campaign.

Zhao Anliang, head of the Cultural Law Enforcement Agency (CLEA) explained that the campaign will include “a thorough inspection of publications sold in bookstores, music stores and wholesale markets, as well as a crackdown on street peddlers selling illegal or pirated products”.

The focus will be on pirated audio and video publications and pirated products associated with the Shanghai World Expo and the campaign will last until the end of October 2010. In addition, Beijing will work closely with Shanghai and other provinces such as Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Guangdong.

Authorities explained that it was not just street vendors they will monitor but also licensed stores, many of which sell pirated audio and video CDs.

According to state figures, China’s annual sales of CD products are around RMB 200 million (EURO 20 million) and most products that enter the market are pirated.

Source: China Daily


March 11, 2010, 7:16 pm
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On Wednesday, He Yafei, one of China’s most senior diplomats and politicians, met with Francis Gurry, the Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to discuss China’s progress on Intellectual Property.

During the meeting, Gurry praised China’s Intellectual Property laws and the progress they have made in recent years. WIPO has stated that they want to continue working closely with China to further strengthen their cooperation regarding IP development.

China currently ranks first in the world in terms of domestic trademark and patent applications and third in the world for international patent applications.

He Yafei expressed his gratitude and ensured that China will continue working closely with WIPO.

Source:China IPR