China has launched another campaign to tackle piracy.
The new campaign, based on the achievements made by the recent 100-day national campaign, aims to strengthen everyday supervision to further clean up the video, software and publication markets and raise the public's awareness on how to use legal copies, the national anti-pornography and anti-piracy office said.
The campaign will hunt out producers of pirated movies, books and software and break their distribution chains. The smuggling of pirating equipment will be severely punished, a statement from the office said.
The campaign will target street vendors and mobile distributors of pirated DVDs, CDs or software and those who sell pirated products at markets will have their pitches taken away, it said.
It will also target those who produce pirated textbooks and those who organize the purchase of pirated textbooks or reference books will be held accountable, the statement said.
China launched its biggest ever crackdown on piracy in July. The three-month campaign, which ended in September, confiscated more than 58 million pieces of pirated movies, music, books and software.
Thanks to the campaign, distributors of DVDs and CDs in Beijing and Guangzhou saw a 20 percent rise in their sales in July and August, the office said.
(Xinhua News Agency December 13, 2006)