China: the 2018 Net Sword Action
On July 16, the National Copyright Administration and the National Network Information Office, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the Ministry of Public Security jointly held the “Jianwang 2018” special action briefing in Beijing, announcing the launch of the “2018 Net Sword Action” (剑网行动). The 2018 campaign turns the spotlight on copyright infringement and piracy in the areas of network reprinting, short video, and audiobooks. Various measures will be adopted to deal with copyright infringement, including classified monitoring, rectification, administrative penalties, and criminal charges. The campaign will last from July to November 2018. It will focus on:
Online Reprinted Copyright Work
In view of the current online infringement through “individual media”, particularly Weibo and WeChat, the special rectification will focus on cracking down on the infringement of unauthorized reprinting and modification of news works. It will also strive to regulate the republication of copyrighted works in search engines, browsers, application stores, and microblogs such as Weibo and WeChat. Social network accounts could be banned and closed.
Copyright on Short Video
Short videos or items from short videos are largely copied and made available to the public without prior authorization of the copyright owners. According to the State administration, many works have been modified and made public online in the name of fair use. During the 2018 action, the platforms hosting short videos will be monitored and guided in order for them and users to follow and respect the laws and regulations related to copyright.
Other Copyrights in Key Areas