China Passes New Internet Copyright Law

Law360, New York (May 30, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In an ongoing effort to address its plethora of intellectual property issues, the Chinese government recently passed a new regulation to ban uploading and downloading of Internet material without the permission of the copyright holder.

Effective starting July 1, anyone uploading texts and performance, sound and video recordings to the Internet for file-sharing and other uses must acquire permission from the copyright owners first and pay a required fee.

The regulation was created on the principle that it must balance the interests of copyright owners, Internet...
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