Intellectual Property: Internet piracy still poses a challenge in China

Yan Xiaohong, vice-minister of the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC), said on Thursday at a press conference that the authorities shut down 339 illegal websites, confiscated 123 servers and imposed fines of more than 870,000 yuan (about 120,000U.S. dollars) on violators. Despite repeated crackdowns on online piracy, it is still a challenge to protect intellectual property rights: ‘Internet copyright infringement is still very prevalent in the country’, Yan told a press conference held by the State Council Information Office recently, noting that illegal downloading of movies, software and music is the most common form of online piracy…

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