On the right track: Second Draft Amendments to China's Copyright Law published


The National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC) released the first draft amendments to China’s Copyright Law at the end of March 2012. Based on the more than 1,600 comments received from industry, government departments, rights owners’ organizations and other stakeholders, the NCAC revised the March Draft and issued a second one on 6 July 2012.

It is clear from comparing the March and July Drafts that a majority of the provisions have undergone some amount of changes.

The controversial Article 46 allowed for use of the work of artists without license from the copyright owner after the works had been published for three months. To the relief of many in the music industry this article is now removed…

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