Yet Another Push to Strengthen Chinese Copyright Laws

By Nathaniel DeLucia

China has a rather infamous reputation when it comes to copyright protection: they have been on the United States’s “watch list” for over 25 years and are frequently the subject of international disputes and litigation.  Many efforts have been made by international bodies such as the WTO or trade partners like the U.S., to try and strengthen China’s copyright laws, but none have succeeded, that is until now.

Recently, the Chinese domestic private sector has become involved in increasing copyright protection.  The founders of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. have decided to work with the Chinese government in an effort to bring China’s copyright laws more in line with international norms.  This announcement coincides with China’s creation of a new court system designed specifically to deal with copyright and patent issues, similar to the United States Federal Circuit. 

For the complete story, see Bloomberg’s article, located here.