Regulators crack down on piracy


China's copyright watchdog launched a four-month national campaign on Monday (July 16) to crack down on online copyright infringement, mostly targeting online reposts of articles, video clips and animation games.
The campaign will target copyright infringement in online media, particularly self-employed accounts on social media such as weibo and WeChat. Without permission, those accounts repost news stories, take excerpts from original articles or tamper with them.
The campaign will regulate such behavior in search engines, browsers, application stores, weibo and WeChat, according to the National Copyright Administration of China.
The campaign will also target unauthorized short videos. It will oversee popular short video apps, such as Douyin and Kuaishou, to crack down on pirated short videos, and also guide such sites in self-regulation through copyright and communication protocols to establish a positive business model.
Animation games will also be targeted. The battle will crack down on behaviors spreading pirated animation works through website, apps and social media accounts. It will target those making related products without permission, such as animations related to toys and customs.
The battle will target online livestreaming, knowledge sharing and podcast platforms against infringement.
Source: China Daily