Chinese authorities investigated 1,001 copyright infringement
cases during a campaign against online piracy from August to
October last year, 60 percent more than the combined number in 2005
Yan Xiaohong, vice minister of the National Copyright
Administration (NCA), said on Thursday at a press conference that
the authorities shut down 339 illegal websites, confiscated 123
servers and imposed fines of more than 870,000 yuan (about
US$120,000) on violators.
"The three campaigns in recent years only served to achieve
limited results by dealing with a limited number of cases in a
limited time period," Yan said, admitting that Internet copyright
infringement is still "very severe" in the country.
According to Yan, the campaigns were jointly launched by the
NCA, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of
The officials at the press conference listed ten key online
piracy cases investigated during the campaign.
In one case, the Beijing-based Jinhudong corporation illegally
authorized other companies the use of more than 1,000 movies,
raking in illegal gains in excess of 10 million yuan (about US$1.4
This is the biggest Internet piracy case uncovered by the
Chinese police so far in terms of the regions, the number of
pirated movies and the amount of money involved, according to Gao
Feng, vice director with the Ministry of Public Security's economic
"The case has exerted a baneful influence at home and abroad,"
(Xinhua News Agency January 17, 2008)