Jiang best-seller saved from piracy
Allegations may fly in Washington that Beijing is soft on piracy, but mainland investigators have shown that they are able to crack down on the violators of intellectual property rights, if need be.
Beijing News reported yesterday that government investigators have detained book publishers and vendors for distributing pirated copies of The Man Who Changed China, the biography of former president Jiang Zemin .
Several government departments, including the General Administration of Press and Publication and the National Copyright Administration, set up the taskforce to investigate the case nationwide, the newspaper said.
Random House published the 720-page biography, written by US investment banker Robert Lawrence Kuhn, worldwide and in several languages a year ago.
Media reports at the time said the US publisher published the Chinese translation in association with the Shanghai Century Publishing Group. Hailed as 'the first time that a biography of a living Chinese leader has been published on the Chinese mainland', the book became an instant best-seller worldwide, with more than one million copies sold in China alone, at 38 yuan each.
Soon after it appeared, however, crudely bound editions riddled with errors appeared on bookshelves. The culprits were arrested in November, after several months of investigation, Beijing News said.