Apr 252012

Photo:Beijing Normal University

Chinese Copyright Law, in its 21-year history, has only been revised twice, in 2001 and 2010 respectively. From its initial enactment to two revisions, foreign trade had always been an important consideration. In 1980s, several rounds of Sino-US intellectual property negotiation in the ambit of bilateral trade negotiation was the pushing force for the promulgation of the Copyright Law in 1990. In 2001, the Copyright Law was completely revised to be complied with the TRIPS Agreement before China’s accession to the WTO. In 2010, the Copyright Law was revised for the 2nd time to be complied with the WTO DSB Panel Report regarding US-China intellectual property dispute. Since the 2nd revision merely covered the limited provisions addressed in the WTO dispute, 2001 Copyright Law was largely kept intact.

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