Intellectual Property

Xinhua to be fined ¥30,000?

Chinanews.com has published a report about new copyright regulations issued by the Ministry of Information Industry, which sets telecom and Internet policies. According to the report, the regulations will make Internet service providers and web hosting companies responsible for copyright infringements, rather than the owners or creators of the websites themselves. Guilty hosting companies are liable to pay a fine up to RMB30,000. The regulations will come into effect on May 30.

State-owned news agency and lads mag Xinhua probably owns its own servers and is responsible for all content on them. So can Danwei get a piece of the 30,000 kuai action if we report Xinhua's recent theft of our intellectual property?

Yeah right.

LINKS:
Chinanews.com: China 'Internet Copyright Administration and Protection Regulations' to come into effect at the end of the month (in Chinese)
Pacific Epoch: Summary of above story (in English)
Yahoo: Chinanews.com: China introduces new rules to rein in rampant online copyright piracy

Thanks to Andrew S for the tip

UPDATE:
Email from Tian of Hanzi Smatter, the webiste that tracks misuse of Chinese characters in Western culture:

A few days ago Voice of America had an article about me and Hanzi Smatter.

Now it seems a state-owned website has republished it without giving VOA any credit:

VOA story on ZhongguoQiao Wang [which appears to be state-controlled].

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