Local or foreign entrepreneurs with business activities in China
that require the protection
of a certain copyright
should know the legislation in this sense. The People’s Republic of China
enacted its first Copyright Law
in September 1990. The law has been further amended with new provisions and in 2003 the National Copyright Administration
enacted new measures for penalties on the infringements of the law. Foreign investors who want to receive an in-depth presentation on the copyright legislation
applicable in China
can request for assistance from our team of Chinese attorneys
Copyright in China
Copyright refers to the rights to which the creator of a specific work (which has to be an original creation) is entitled to. Copyright is designated to protect any form of intellectual property, which can be represented by photographs, music and other types of intellectual creations which are the result of a person’s intellectual work.
Businessmen who represent companies that may produce any type of intellectual property
are advised to protect the creation
against third parties infringements. The copyright legislation
allows the protection of the work
, ensuring that the respective work can’t be copied or used by other parties in order to obtain financial gains; our Chinese lawyers
can provide more information on this matter.
Works protected by the copyright law in China
According to the field of activity, an entrepreneur is entitled to protect his intellectual property
, which covers a wide area of products/works.
The Copyright legislation in China protects the following types of works:
• books, articles, essays, poems and lyrics;
• songs and songs recordings;
• plays, film scripts, choreography;
• television programs;
• drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures;
• computer programs and games;
• graphic designs, architectural drawings, 2D and 3D art;
• original expressions.
Copyright registration in China
In order to protect an original work
, the creator is advised to register the work at the Copyright Protection Center of China
; the applicant can submit the application form on the on-line platform of the institution. After the Center will assess the application, the owner will receive a Copyright Registration Certificate
If you need further information on the copyright legislation
applicable in China
, please contact our team of Chinese lawyers
for legal assistance on the protection of an intellectual property right.