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Legislators call for better protection of online copyrights
Last Updated: 2017-08-31 07:28 | Xinhua
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China's lawmakers on Wednesday deliberated a report on the enforcement of the Copyright Law, calling for improved protection for online products.

The report was submitted to a bimonthly session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which runs until Friday.

During a group deliberation, Wu Heng, a member of the committee noted increasing infringements of digital copyright and inadequate protection of industrial designs.

Zhao Shaohua, another member of the committee, pointed out that the damage caused by online infringements can be more severe than those caused by traditional means, which required a new protection mechanism.

Such a mechanism has to be built with the thinking and game rules of the internet age, according to NPC deputy Yao Xiaoying, who was attending the session as an observer.

NPC deputy Zhang Weihua also called for the expansion of a local big data platform in Shanghai to monitor online copyright infringements.

The report proposed a revision to the Copyright Law, which was put into effect in 1991 and amended in 2010.

In the six years from 2010 to 2016, courts in China closed 368,611 civil cases and 6,746 criminal cases on copyright infringement on the first trial basis, according to the report.

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