Chinese Publisher Fined in Test of Copyright Law

Law360, New York (October 12, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a case that experts regard as a test of China's commitment to intellectual property enforcement, a government publishing house has been fined for using the image of Peter Rabbit without permission, the Associated Press reported.

The Beijing Eastern City District Commercial Office fined the publisher $42,700 and seized 23,000 copies of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," an official at the office's trademark division told the newswire.

While the text of the book is not under copyright in China, Frederick Warne Ltd. of Britain, a division...
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