New Copyright Law Expected Against Internet Infringement

It is illegal to disseminate others' works on the Internet without author's permission, to sabotage technical means for transmission of works or any action to tamper with the right of information administration. This is clearly provided in the amendment draft of the Copyright Law submitted to the NPC Standing Committee for consideration as disclosed by Wang Huapeng, director of the copyright department of the National Copyright Administration.

As a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), China participated in the formulation of the two regulations on copyright protection under the Internet environment, that is, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT). Although China has not promised to accede to the two treaties, lawmakers have consulted the relevant articles in them when reviewing the amendment draft, including definitions on the three illegal actions mentioned above.

Along with the fast expansion of high technology featuring information and digital technologies and the wide application of e-commerce,creative works of various kinds have been spread to such a wide scope via online networks as unprecedented, posing a new challenge for both creators and the people who release the works.

Therefore, how to obtain authorized rights from creators for using literary works, pictures, music and video products online and what copyright measures should be taken so as to ensure a protective mechanism for a sustainable and healthy development of online information industry have become a new subject for the intellectual property circle to study, said the official.

(People's Daily 03/28/2001)

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