China tightens fist over pirated goods
Published: Oct 25, 2010
CHINA ANTI-PIRACY REGULATIONS
China - The country is tightening up its rules on copyright violations involving products ranging from high-tech goods to food.
According to minister Meng Jianzhu, the anti-piracy campaign commences end October and will run for half a year. He has promised to prosecute pirates to the full extent of the law, Manufacturing News reported.
"This special campaign will target all IPR (intellectual property rights) infringement or violations no matter which industry or sector, be it high-tech or audio and video products or food and other products."
Previous campaigns have had little fruition, thanks to China's thriving counterfeit industry. Recently, tainted baby formula and fake brake pads have posed health and safety threats.
Imitations of Fendi, burberry and Ralph Lauren products can be seen in tourist markets, while Hollywood movies are made available shortly after their release in the cinemas. Meanwhile, popular foreign brand goods are repackaged with Chinese brand names.
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