What is copyright?
Copyright is a legal term used to describe the rights of creators for their literary and artistic works. Copyright is the legal right to the right to copy computer programs, literary works, musical works, photographs, movies, etc. It is generally considered to belong to the author unless transferred to the other party. Most computer programs are not only protected by copyright but also by software licenses. Copyright only protects the expression of thought, not the thought itself.
Following the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China, any citizen, company or organisation in China, will do have their own copyright after they finish their works automatically. Any work of a foreigner or foreign company published within the territory of China shall enjoy the copyright in China. Anyone in China can get the certificate from CPCC if apply it manually for their work protection.
But if any work of a foreigner which is published outside China, it should be registered in China. Or if the creator located in country which has an agreement with China under an international treaty, the work will be protected automatically in China.
China copyright registration process
The Copyright Protection Centre of China (“CPCC“) is in charge of copyright registration. The CPCC is an organization under the National Copyright Administration of China, which deal with copyright registration of works, computer software, copyright pledges, licensing and assignment filings.
A. submit paperworks to CPCC
You need prepare papers including details about the date of creation, identity of the author, address. If the author is organization or company, the certification is must needed.
b. examination your work copyright by CPCC
After we submit the application, the CPCC will spend 2 or 3 months to exam the application and response to your agent. Final copyright certification will be published upon examination is done.
China copyright catagories
- Written work
- Oral works
- Music, drama and dance works
- Arts and photography works, including photos
- Film, television and video works
- Engineering design, product design drawings and their descriptions
- Graphic works such as maps, sketches
- Computer software
- Other works as stipulated by laws and administrative regulations