The provision within Article 4 of China’s copyright law, which covers literary, artistic, as well as scientific works such as computer programmes, is intended to prevent copyright owners from hindering “normal distribution of works” and “harming the public interest”. Photo: Reuters The provision within Article 4 of China’s copyright law, which covers literary, artistic, as well as scientific works such as computer programmes, is intended to prevent copyright owners from hindering “normal distribution of works” and “harming the public interest”. Photo: Reuters
The provision within Article 4 of China’s copyright law, which covers literary, artistic, as well as scientific works such as computer programmes, is intended to prevent copyright owners from hindering “normal distribution of works” and “harming the public interest”. Photo: Reuters
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China’s copyright law amendment criticised as an ‘abusive use of power’ that weakens IP protection

  • Proposal to update Article 4 of China’s copyright law includes a new clause of ‘abusive use of copyright’ that would hand regulators significant power
  • It could spark disputes with trading partners, including the US and European Union, that have long complained China’s poor record in protecting intellectual property

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The provision within Article 4 of China’s copyright law, which covers literary, artistic, as well as scientific works such as computer programmes, is intended to prevent copyright owners from hindering “normal distribution of works” and “harming the public interest”. Photo: Reuters The provision within Article 4 of China’s copyright law, which covers literary, artistic, as well as scientific works such as computer programmes, is intended to prevent copyright owners from hindering “normal distribution of works” and “harming the public interest”. Photo: Reuters
The provision within Article 4 of China’s copyright law, which covers literary, artistic, as well as scientific works such as computer programmes, is intended to prevent copyright owners from hindering “normal distribution of works” and “harming the public interest”. Photo: Reuters
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