Copyright registration China

What is copyright?

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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.

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.

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.

Got your copyright certification

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

Copyright infringement

Blow behaviors are definitely copyright infringement in China
  • Publishing the work without the permission of the copyright owner;
  • Publishing works created in cooperation with others as works created by oneself without the permission of the cooperating author;
  • Did not participate in the creation, in order to obtain personal fame and fortune, signed on the work of others;
  • Distort or tamper with the works of others;
  • Plagiarizing the work of others;
  • The use of works by means of exhibitions, filming and film-like methods, or adaptation, translation, annotation, etc., without the permission of the copyright owner, except as otherwise provided in this Law;
  • The use of the work of another person shall be paid without payment;
  • Lease of works or audiovisual products without the permission of film works and works created by film-like methods, computer software, copyrights of audio and video products or copyright holders;
  • Using the layout of books and periodicals published by the publisher without the permission of the publisher;
  • Live or publicly transmit live performances or record their performances without the permission of the performer;
  • Other acts of infringement of copyright and rights related to copyright;
  • Copying, distributing, performing, screening, broadcasting, compiling, or distributing the work to the public through the information network without the permission of the copyright owner, except as otherwise provided in this law;
  • Publishing a book in which others have exclusive copyright;
  • Copying or distributing audio and video recordings of their performances without the permission of the performers, or disseminating their performances to the public through the information network, except as otherwise provided by the Copyright Law;
  • Copying, distributing, or distributing the audio and video products produced by the public to the public without the permission of the producer of the audio and video recording, except as otherwise provided in the Copyright Law;
  • Broadcasting or copying of broadcasting or television without permission, except as otherwise provided in the Copyright Law;
  • Without the permission of the copyright owner or the copyright owner, deliberately avoiding or destroying the technical measures taken by the right holder to protect copyrights or rights related to copyright for his works, audio and video products, etc.;
  • Without the permission of the copyright owner or the right holder of the copyright, deleting or changing the electronic management of the rights of works, audio and video recordings, etc.;
  • Producing or selling works that are counterfeited by others.