China to Lower Standards in Prosecution to Fight Piracy
By lowering the threshold for prosecuting people involved in selling audio and video products, china have stepped up its fight against intellectual piracy. Vendors or shops that are caught selling a number of pirated products can be sentenced to jail under the new proposed revisions in the Copyright Law.
The recent interpretation of the law was issued by the Supreme People’s Court that stated anyone caught in the manufacturing counterfeit copies of software, movies, music or any audio video products can be prosecuted and can serve jail time of up to seven years. The proposed law revisions have also increased the fines for counterfeiters that will range from 1 to 15 times the amount of the illegal earning or 50 to 200 percent of the business turnover.
Chinese residents have enjoyed free downloads online and the number of illegally downloaded products have been increasing in the past years that even led to the pirated cd’s and dvd’s business to decrease by almost 30 percent.
During this year’s report made by the International Federation of Phonographic Industry said that more than 99 percent of the users in china have download music illegally. Thus pointing out the number of Chinese users is double than the United States. International recording companies are now dealing with Chinese music websites in creating a software system that will charge music downloads which is said to be operational by 2013.