The complexities of online copyright
Developments in online copyright are far outstripping those in conventional protection. This makes them especially interesting, say Elliot Papageorgiou of Rouse and Jiang Nandi of Beijing Lusheng Law Firm
With the rapid development of information technology, the
internet has continued to gain substantial momentum and an
increasing place in daily Chinese life. According to the China
Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China's internet
users topped 111 million at the end of 2005, 137 million at the
end of 2006, and 210 million at the end of 2007. While the
almost ubiquitous application of the internet enables people to
remain connected within China and abroad, it also poses
substantial challenges to China's conventional copyright
Spurred by a number of high-profile international music
industry cases, the developments in the law relating to the
protection of online copyright have comfortably overtaken
developments in copyright protection for conventional media. In
each case, however, there are further challenges, and capacity
for further developments.
Copyright protection in conventional media China's first
dedicated legislation for the protection of copyright, the
Copyright Law of the PRC,...
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