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{ Monthly Archives } April 2007

License to Sing Finds no Legality in Chinese Law

Chinese official news agency reported this month that the Ministry of Culture is going to promulgate rules requiring singers and other entertainers to have a license in order to practice their profession. The Chinese Law Prof. Blog thought poorly of this forthcoming regulation but seems couldn’t help it since China’s Administrative Licensing Law dose not […]

Self-censorship: not the first time, not the last

According to, (baidu japan) is blocked to Chinese visitors by using the means of “Server Reset” because its image searching results may include illegal materials (under Chinese law). HeCaiTou, a Chinese blogger describes this self-censorship as a “self-castration” to avoid the possible punishment of the government’s “castration”. However, some other commentators do not […]

What are the US’ IPR Consultations indeed?

According to the Office of the US Trade Representative, the United States’ IPR consultation request to WTO on IPR protection and enforcement consists of FOUR aspects:A. the high quantitative thresholds that must be met in order to start criminal prosecutions of copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting, and this makes a “safe harbor” for pirates and […]

China Formally Decides to join the WCT and WPPT

全国人民代表大会常务委员会关于加入《世界知识产权组织版权条约》的决定发布日期: 12-29-2006 生效日期: 12-29-2006 全国人民代表大会常务委员会关于加入《世界知识产权组织版权条约》的决定 (2006年12月29日第十届全国人民代表大会常务委员会第二十五次会议通过)  第十届全国人民代表大会常务委员会第二十五次会议决定:加入世界知识产权组织于1996年12月20日在瑞士日内瓦召开的关于版权和邻接权若干问题的外交会议上通过的《世界知识产权组织版权条约》。同时声明:在中华人民共和国政府另行通知前,《世界知识产权组织版权条约》不适用于中华人民共和国香港特别行政区和澳门特别行政区。——————————————————————————– Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Acceding to the WIPO Copyright TreatyPromulgation date: 12-29-2006 Effective date: 12-29-2006Department: STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESSSubject: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL TREATY AND CONVENTIONDecision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Acceding to […]

WCT and WPPT Resource Center

Resources on WIPO Website:( Treaties: Guide & GlossaryDocumentsThe WCT and the WPPT (Adobe PDF)Advantages of Adhering to the WCT and the WPPT (Adobe PDF)Survey on Implementation Provisions of the WCT and the WPPT (Adobe PDF)Leaflet“The WIPO Internet Treaties” (Adobe PDF)MeetingsSeminar on the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT): Opportunities […]