Adopted at the Fifteenth Session of the Standing Committee of
the Seventh National People's Congress on 7 September 1990, and
revised in accordance with the Decision on the Amendment of the
Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China adopted at the 24th
Session of the Standing Committee of the Ninth National People's
Congress on 27 October 2001.
Chapter I General Provisions
Article 1 This Law is enacted, in accordance with the
Constitution, for the purposes of protecting the copyright of
authors in their literary, artistic and scientific works and the
copyright-related rights and interests, of encouraging the creation
and dissemination of works which would contribute to the
construction of socialist spiritual and material civilization, and
of promoting the development and prosperity of the socialist
culture and science.
Article 2 Works of Chinese citizens, legal entities or other
organizations, whether published or not, shall enjoy copyright in
accordance with this Law.
Any work of a foreigner or stateless person which is eligible to
enjoy copyright under an agreement concluded between the country to
which the foreigner belongs or in which he has habitual residence
and China, or under an internationa1 treaty to which both countries
are party, shall be protected in accordance with this Law...