Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Copyright and the Internet: New administrative rules

The State Copyright Administration and the Ministry of Information Industry have issued new rules pertaining to copyright infringement by web sites. The text of the rules may be accessed at this URL:

The rules provide, among other things, that a web site will be exempt from administrative sanctions for copyright infringement if it removes infringing material upon receiving notice from the copyright owner. Note that the rules do not seem to address the issue of civil liability, which may remain. Thus, they are not quite what web site operators have been looking for.

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