On the afternoon of December 14, Zhou Huilin, Vice Minister of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) and Vice Minister of the National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China (NCAC), met with the delegation led by Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. The two sides held friendly talks and exchanged views on continually deepening copyright exchanges and cooperation.
Zhou Huilin extended his welcome to the delegation. He pointed out that the SAPPRFT (NCAC) and the Motion Picture Association of America have maintained close ties and good relations for a long time, and the cooperation between the two sides has been fruitful. Zhou Huilin said: “I hope that both sides will further deepen exchanges and cooperation in strengthening copyright protection and cracking down infringement and piracy, so as to make joint efforts for the sound and healthy development of the global film industry and for the establishment of a more just and reasonable international copyright system.”
Zhou Huilin gave account of Jianwang Campaign that focuses on dealing with network infringement and piracy. This was an issue of concern to the United States. From 2012 to 2016, Jianwang Campaign investigated and dealt with 2,765 cases related to Internet infringement and piracy, with a legal shutdown of 1,193 infringing and pirate sites. Launched from July, Jianwang Campaign 2017 has been concentrating on the rectification of infringement and piracy with film, TV programs and news. The campaign has shut down 1,655 infringing and pirate sites, deleted 274,800 infringing and pirated links and investigated 314 cases related to Internet infringement. On November 1, the NCAC released 16 typical cases which had been investigated and dealt with by Jianwang Campaign 2017, involving film, TV programs, news, music, online games and other fields.
Centring on dealing with new forms of network infringement and piracy, Zhou Huilin indicated that with the rapid development of Internet technology, new forms of network infringement and piracy such as movie on demand and illegal set-top boxes continue to emerge. China has attached great importance to this issue and has carried out the investigation and research in the relevant aspects, aiming to solve it through legal and technical means and effectively protect the interests of the copyright owners.
Zhou Huilin also provided information on amendment of the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China. He noted that the Chinese government paid high attention to the amendment. In June 2017, the law enforcement inspection group of the NPC Standing Committee carried out the law enforcement inspection on the implementation of the Copyright Law in many places, which has promoted the progress of the legislative work. At present, the amendment of the Copyright Law is proceeding smoothly.
Rivkin said that the Motion Picture Association of America highly appreciates the unremitting efforts SAPPRFT (NCAC) has made to improve the environment for copyright protection in China for a long time, especially the Jianwang Campaign, which has enabled copyrighted online videos industry in China to thrive. The Motion Picture Association of America will continue to support the work of the NCAC as always, so as to expand copyright exchange and cooperation between China and the United States.
Yu Cike and Tang Zhaozhi, Director General and Deputy Director General of Copyright Department of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the PRC（NCAC) accompanied the meeting.
Author: Yin Kun
Source: China Press Publication Radio Film and Television Journal
Update: December 15, 2017