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BEIJING AUTHORITIES GET TOUGH ON PIRACY
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

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