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Copyright Protection in China: Know Before You Go

Published 11.03.13 at 10:35

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. Adequate copyright protection can form an important part of an IPR protection strategy. Businesses regularly create articles, photographs, drawings, designs, models, websites, computer software, to name just a few, which all enjoy copyright protection. Copyright is an automatic right that arises the moment a work is created. This article describes copyright protection in China, outlining what can be protected as copyright, how to register and determine ownership and why taking care to do so can prove beneficial to your business in China. 

This article was prepared by the China IPR SME Helpdesk for Own-it.

The China IPR SME Helpdesk is a European Commission funded project that provides free, practical, business advice relating to China IPR to European SMEs. To learn about any aspect of intellectual property rights in China, visit our online portal at www.china-iprhelpdesk.eu. For free expert advice on China IPR for your business, e-mail your questions to:  question@china-iprhelpdesk.eu. You will receive a reply from one of the Helpdesk experts within seven working days. The China IPR SME Helpdesk is jointly implemented by DEVELOPMENT Solutions and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

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