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How to Protect Your Software Copyright in China

Updated:2018-9-20 17:14:29    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:149

How to protect your software copyright in China? Copyright is a form of intellectual property that protects a creator’s exclusive right to control who reproduces or alters the product of their original creative effort. Copyright protects the producers of any original work, and is relevant to almost all businesses, not just those in the creative industry. Voluntary registration for your copyright is available in China. Though your work is automatically protected by copyright the moment it is created, voluntary registration will provide proof of ownership, which can save you time and money in case of a dispute later on.

Software Copyright Protection in China
The Chinese government highly encourages software innovation in the country. This is why it has stringent regulations in place that promote software innovation.

Generally speaking, software copyright protection in China can be divided into 3 steps, namely;
1. The Copyright Registration of the Software,
2. The Exclusive License Contract of the Software, and
3. Transfer Contact Registration.

Rights Granted for Owners
The Computer Software Protection Ordinance gives the user endless incentives that make creating robust and reliable innovative software in the country a fruitful endeavor. As a registered software copyright owner, you get the following perks,

1. Right of Expression
The right of expression essentially means that the registered copyright owner makes the call whether or not their software program goes public. If the copyright owner makes a decision that goes against the counsel of his advisors, the owner’s wishes must be respected.

2. Right of Authorship
The right of authorship entails the copyright owner’s right to disclose the identity of the developer.

3. Right to Use
As the name suggests, this legal right enables the copyright holder(s) to determine how their program can be used by the end-user.

4. Right to License
The right to license essentially defines the conditions of usage for the end-user. Simply put, this dictates whether the end-user will get full control over the software or merely just a part of it.

5. Right to Transfer
As the name suggests, the right of transfer enables the copyright owner to transfer (i.e. sell or lease) the copyright to a third-party.

How to Distribute Copyrighted Software in China?
There are numerous legislation that govern the rightful distribution of a copyrighted property in the People’s Republic of China. The following conditions must be met before a copyright owner can distribute a software program in the country:

1. A Complete Record of the Software Testing Report
2. The Software Copyright Registration Certificate
3. A Legal Record of the Registration of the Software
4. A Translation of the User-Manual in Standard Mandarin (if the instruction manual exceeds 60 pages then the copyright holder can provide just the first 30 pages and the last 30 pages).

Copyright can form an important part of intellectual property protection strategies, both as a main protection for content, and as a supplementary tool to enforce alongside other intellectual property rights, such as design patents or trademarks. Should you have any need in IP protection in China, just turn to Tannet. We are glad to help.

Contact Us
If you have further inquires, please do not hesitate to contact Tannet at anytime, anywhere by simply visiting Tannet’s website, or calling Hong Kong hotline at 852-27826888 or China hotline at 86-755-82143422, or emailing to You are also welcome to visit our office situated in 16/F, Taiyangdao Bldg 2020, Dongmen Rd South, Luohu, Shenzhen, China.

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