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China: Copyright Law Revised

(Mar. 4, 2010) On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing Committee on Revising the PRC Copyright Law [in Chinese] (Feb. 26, 2010), NPC website, available at

The PRC Copyright Law was first adopted by the NPC Standing Committee on September 7, 1990, and entered into force on June 1, 1991. The amendment revised one article out of the 60 articles of the existing Law and added one new article. The changes are as follows:

  • Article 4: The amendment deleted the first paragraph of this article, which said: “[w]orks the publication or distribution of which is prohibited by law shall not be protected by this law,” and added to the rest of the article the sentence: ” … . The State supervises and administers the publication and distribution of the works in line with law.”
  • Article 26: The amendment inserted a new article as article 26, requiring the pledge of copyright to be registered with the copyright administrative authorities under the State Council. (Id.; see also full text of the revised Copyright Law [in Chinese], NPC website, (last visited Mar. 2, 2010).)