BEIJING: China produces 120 million counterfeit audio and video products and 500 million unauthorized books a year, according to an official with the nation’s media watchdog.
The rampant piracy of audio and video products and books has seriously affected China’s international reputation and future investment prospects, vice director with the General Administration of Press and Publication, Liu Binjie said.
The audio and video product market alone is suffering annual losses of billions of yuan, while book piracy has left publishers and distributors with legal copyrights in a very unfavourable position.
Liu said while China’s ongoing crackdown on piracy is appreciated by international copyright holders, the current situation is still far from satisfactory.
Civilian cooperation was needed to bring down piracy to better safeguard intellectual property in the country and boost creative industries.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao last week told parliament that his government will move quickly to formulate and implement a national strategy for intellectual property rights (IPR) to strengthen protection for them.
Meanwhile, in a series of raids in Beijing on January 26 and February 7, a total of 1.06 million illegal video discs were confiscated and nine dealers arrested for trafficking and selling pornographic materials.