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China Copyright Protection

Updated:2018-4-12 16:07:01    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:355

Copyright is a form of intellectual property (IP) 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. Copyright enables you to help protect against others taking credit for your creative work and using it as their own for economic gain and unfair business advantages.

Businesses in all industries should take steps to identify their existing copyrights and consider registering the most important ones as part of a holistic IPR protection strategy. The proof of ownership you obtain from registering your copyright may save you time and money later on in case of a copyright dispute. 

Types of Works Protected By Copyright
Copyright protects original creative expressions of ideas that exist in a fixed medium such as on a piece of paper, on an artist’s canvas, on an optical disc, or on magnetically recordable media. Copyright protects only the expression of an idea, not the idea itself.

Traditional types of creative works such as books, music, recordings, plays, films, paintings, sculptures, photographs, etc, enjoy copyright protection in China. Other works such as works of choreography, acrobatics, calligraphy, quyi (a traditional Chinese performance art form), model works, and databases and compilations as to the selection and arrangement of content also enjoy copyright protection in China. The basic principle of a copyright is that the work be original and reproducible.

Determination of Copyright Ownership
A copyright of a work belongs to its creator, or the employer of the author. Protected creative acts include those intellectual activities that directly result in the creation of the work. Acts of support such as rendering services or material or financial resources are not considered creative acts. For example, if an SME provides only managerial support to the creation of a work, it will not be considered an author of the work.

If it is expected that the copyright will be licensed, transferred, or used as an in-kind contribution to registered capital for the establishment of a legal entity in China, then copyright ownership must be clearly determined. Without evidence to the contrary, the person or entity whose name appears on the work is considered the as the author of the work.

How to Register Copyright in China
Registration of copyright in China is administered by the Copyright Protection Center of China (CPCC). An applicant must complete the copyright registration application form and mail the application materials to CPCC. The application should also include supplemental documents such as the identification documents of the applicant, any documents of copyright ownership, samples of the work, and a brief description of the work.

After receiving the application, the CPCC will review the application materials, determine the cost, and notify the company. Once the applicant pays the fee, they will receive a notice of receipt of payment and notice of application acceptance. The examination of the application takes approximately 30 working days to complete from the date of acceptance. After the successful completion of the examination, the applicant will receive a Copyright Registration Certificate.

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