China To Allow Copyright Societies To Collect Royalties

Law360, New York (February 23, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a move that shifts some of the burden of intellectual property enforcement to the private sector, China will allow collective licensing bodies to collect royalties on behalf of copyright owners.

China's State Council has approved a regulation whereby copyright owners can authorize collective management organizations to grant user rights and collect royalties on the owner's behalf, the China Daily newspaper reported.

Rights such as hiring, broadcasting, performance and internet-based information distribution can be entrusted to collective management organizations for protection under the ruling which will...
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