Magazine article Information Management

China Gets Serious about Copyright

Magazine article Information Management

China Gets Serious about Copyright

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If China wants to create more of its own online content, it needs stronger protections for intellectual property (IP), according to the founders of Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings, China's Internet powerhouses.

Tencent Chief Executive Officer Pony Ma recently told the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen that improving copyright protections will help Chinese companies develop a mature business model for video, music, and animation, Bloomberg reported.

Respecting IP rights has long been a sore spot between China and the United States. In fact, China has been on a U.S. Trade Representative watch list for the past 25 years. Pony Ma says the country has come a long way during that time.

"China's Internet development in the past 18 years has evolved from total disorder that did not pay attention to intellectual property rights in the past to now, when it pays more and more attention. Although it didn't fully fix the problem, gradually it's improving."

In November, the country opened its first specialized court in Beijing to address IP cases. …

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