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China Clamps Down on Internet Video Industry
Beijing, January 23rd (Hollywood Reporter)

Trying to get a regulatory handle on the burgeoning “microfilm” market, authorities announced a new rule requiring all uploaders of such content to identify themselves online with their real names.

Chinese authorities tightened their grip on the country’s nascent Internet video space this week, announcing new regulations that require producers of so-called digital “microfilms” to submit their real names when uploading content to local Internet video sites.

The short, low-budget, amateur movies known locally as “microfilms” have emerged as a popular alternative to professionally produced films and TV series among media consumers in China. Old Boys, an early microfilm hit, has attracted 80 million views since it was released online in 2010. The film struck a nerve with its story about a group of friends trying to get ahead in boom era China and was recently picked up for a big screen adaptation by Youku Tudou, Ruyi Films and Le Vision Pictures. The film version, written as a sequel, is due out in cinemas in May.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Will China Piracy Ruling Boost U.S. TV? (Analysis)
Beijing, January 17th (Hollywood Reporter)

The National Copyright Administration of China’s quick decision against search engine Baidu suggests a big change in regulation enforcement.

The potential of China’s online video market — nearly 600 million viewers strong — long has been dampened by the country’s rampant piracy.

But thanks to a recent high- profile court ruling against two of the country’s biggest copyright violators, insiders say Chinese regulators finally are cracking down, opening the door for licensing U.S. TV programming in the process.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Chinese Search Giant Baidu Fined for Copyright Infringement
Beijing, January 1st (Hollywood Reporter)

The crackdown comes as China tries to rid itself of the stigma of rampant piracy and establish a healthy Internet video market.

China’s largest search engine, Baidu Inc., and Shenzhen-based technology firm QVOD were labeled China’s top two violators of copyrighted video content in 2013 by the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC) on Monday.

According to reports carried in the Chinese state press, both companies were subsequently fined $41,225 (250,000 yuan), the highest penalty a copyright violator can be required to pay under current statutes.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Beijing Court Finds Search Engine Baidu Guilty of Copyright Infringement
Beijing, December 9th (Hollywood Reporter)
The company was ordered to pay video streaming website Youku Tudou $78,560 in damages for illegally hosting 18 Chinese TV shows.

China’s top search engine Baidu was found guilty of copyright infringement and ordered to pay $78,560 (491,000 yuan) in damages to the country’s leading video streaming website, Youku Tudou, for illegally hosting 18 Chinese TV shows for which Youku owned exclusive rights to broadcast online.
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The ruling against Baidu is part of a group lawsuit being brought by Youku Tudou, Sohu Video, Tencent Video, LeTV, the MPAA, CODA, Wanda Films, Enlight Media and LeTV Films.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Beijing Court: Chinese Online Video Company Infringed Copyrights
Seoul, December 4th (Hollywood Reporter)
MPAA member studios welcome the decision against Beijing Funshion Online Technology, but are disappointed by the amount of damages awarded.

A Chinese court, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court, has found peer-to-peer online video company Beijing Funshion Online Technology liable for copyright infringement.

Battling piracy and copyright infringements is an ongoing struggle for Hollywood in China. As it stands, there are few revenue streams available in China beyond theatrical because of widespread illegal downloads and pirated DVDs.

Funshion was found to have breached copyright rules, and plaintiffs, which included five members of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), were awarded damages of 50,000 yuan ($8,154) and expenses of 2,375 yuan ($387).

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum 2013
Hong Kong, November 13th (bipasiaforum)

The 2nd edition of the Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia), jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Hong Kong Design Centre, came to a successful close on 7 December 2012. More than 1,400 intellectual property professionals and government officials from 23 countries and regions took part in the conference. The event attracted twice as many participants as attended last year’s inaugural forum. Nearly 40 prominent speakers participated in the event’s panel discussions and sessions, with topics ranging from trademarks and licensing to the latest software copyright trends, and IP in biotechnology and traditional Chinese medicine. 83% of respondents this year rated the conference as “Excellent” and “Good”. 98% of them indicated their keen interest to attend the next BIP Asia Forum, which will be held on 5-6 December 2013.

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Source: bipasiaforum

IMAX Says Trade Secrets Ended Up in China
Los Angeles, July 1st (courthousenews)

IMAX claims in court that a former employee swiped its big-screen digital movie trade secrets and used them to start his own company in China.

IMAX sued GDC Technology USA, and two companies called GDC Technology Limited, one based in the British Virgin Islands and one in the Cayman Islands. The lead defendant is a California LLC. IMAX is a Canadian corporation.

The federal complaint states: “IMAX has filed this action to stop GDC’s illegal commercial exploitation of IMAX’s trade secret large format digital theatre projection system and film conversion technologies. Former IMAX employee, Gary Tsui, stole this proprietary technology from IMAX, then surreptitiously provided it to film companies in China, including a company now called China Giant Screen, for which he is the ‘chief engineer.’ China Giant Screen uses IMAX’s trade secrets under the name ‘China Film Giant Screen’ (‘CFGS’). Defendant GDC is now knowingly and actively using IMAX’s trade secrets through, among other things, its relationship with CFGS, in its efforts unfairly to compete globally with IMAX,”

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Source: courthousenews

Intellectual Property Conference ‘May Impact Global Film Sector’s Financial Future’
Rome, April 16th (Hollywood Reporter)

The World Intellectual Property Organization will host the conference in China.

The upcoming diplomatic conference on intellectual property rights of audiovisual performers could decide the future of the film business, according to Mauro Masi, former director of Italian state broadcaster RAI.

Masi, an Italian delegate to the June 20-26 diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances, said that because of China’s increasing importance as a consumer of audiovisual content and the growing role of new technologies, the high-level Beijing talks will go a long way toward establishing how intellectual property rights will be protected in the film and television sectors going forward.

“The decisions made in Beijing will determine the economic viability of the film and television sectors in the future,” Masi said.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

China continues piracy crack down
Beijing, November 11th 2011 (Variety)

China is seeking to underline that it is serious about cracking down on piracy by setting up a special office to help the campaign against infringement of intellectual property rights and counterfeit products.

Filmmakers, both domestic and foreign, regularly complain that rampant piracy in China makes it a dangerous market to operate in. It means, for example, that movies have little opportunity to generate revenue streams other than box office takings because IPR theft is so widespread.

The office will be set up under the Ministry of Commerce, the government said in a statement.

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Source: Variety

Copyright Protection body set up for China’s Animation Industry
Shanghai, August 23rd 2010 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX)

China’s copyright protection alliance for domestic animation industry
was set up in Shanghai on Thursday, in a bid to provide a platform to safeguard copyrights for made-in-China cartoons.

Initiated by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, the animation division of Shanghai Film Group, and the Beijing-based Shineshow Co., Ltd under Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd, along with local legal firm, the alliance will take advantage of the rich online resources of Shanda and the 30,000-minute cartoon reserve in Shanghai Animation Film Studio.

The alliance will kick off its copyright protection campaign on the 2010’s film version of the classic cartoon Black Cat Police Chief, with a focus in its new media and audiovisual products.

China’s domestic cartoon output in the first half of 2010 stood at 240,000 minutes, while that for the whole 2009 was only 170,000 minutes. The fast growth of the industry has also given rise to increasing cases of copyright infringement.

Besides copyright protection, the alliance will also make attempts in the innovation and research and development fields of Chinese classic cartoons.

Source: Trading Markets

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