Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
CEA Unveils New Logos For 4K Displays
IBM Offers Watson Data Tool To the Mainstream
Microsoft Releases New Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse, PC Accessories
Toshiba Introduces New Exceria UHS-I SD Memory Cards, Transmemory Flash Drive
Nvidia SHIELD Tablet Gets 32GB Storage and 4G LTE
Micron M600 SSD Released With Dynamic SLC Cache
Orange to Buy Spanish Operator Jazztel
US Government Data Requests Increased: Google
Active Discussions
Yamaha CRW-F1UX
help questions structure DVDR
Made video, won't play back easily
Questions durability monitor LCD
Questions fungus CD/DVD Media, Some expert engineer in optical media can help me?
CD, DVD and Blu-ray burning for Android in development
IBM supercharges Power servers with graphics chips
Werner Vogels: four cloud computing trends for 2014
 Home > News > General Computing > Sony BM...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Monday, July 03, 2006
Sony BMG, Warner May Use Criminal Law Against Chinese Web Sites


Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group Corp. are among record labels that may use a new criminal law to fight against Chinese Web sites that infringe copyright laws, according to a music industry group.

The Chinese law, effective July 1, fines distributors of illegally copied music, movies and other material over the Internet as much as 100,000 yuan ($12,500). As of today, Chinese search engines operated by Yahoo China and Baidu.com Inc. provide links to other Web sites hosting illegally copied songs.

About 90 percent of all recordings in China are illegal, with sales of pirated music worth about $400 million annually, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which is affiliated with the Recording Industry Association of America. The U.S. has threatened to file a case to the World Trade Organization unless China reduces incidents of intellectual property violation.

Seven record labels comprising Sony BMG, Warner, EMI Group Plc, Universal Music Group, Go East Entertainment Co., Gold Label Entertainment Ltd. and Cinepoly Records Co. last year filed a civil case against Baidu.com, China's most-used search engine. No outcome has been reached yet.

A criminal case ``is more serious,'' Adam Tseui, a Taipei- based senior vice president at Sony BMG Asia, said today. ``This is a good direction.''

A criminal case is typically brought by government authorities and can involve penalties including jail time and fines. A civil suit is generally brought by private parties and involves financial damages.

``Punishments issued under criminal law are usually harsher than ones issued in civil cases,'' said Shao Chunyang, a partner at Jun He Law Firm in Shanghai. It is also more difficult to set a compensation payment in civil cases, in which plantiffs have to prove losses, Shao said.

The new law adopted by the State Council, China's Cabinet, on May 18 stipulates that a Web site is jointly liable for infringement ``if it knows or should know that the work, performance or sound or video recording linked to was infringing.''

Baidu, based in Beijing, last September lost a civil case brought by Shanghai Bu-sheng Music Culture Media, the local distributor for EMI. Baidu is appealing the case.

Under the new law, Web sites will need to give authorities contact information for owners of sites that distribute pirated material. Yahoo China's ``chartbusters'' page shows links to 340 MP3 songs.


Previous
Next
China Restricts Internet Cafe Access        All News        BenQ Releases Trio Writer BW1000 Blu-Ray Writer
China Restricts Internet Cafe Access     General Computing News      New French Law Attacks All Technology Innovators: US Group

Source Link Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
UK 'Softens' Copyright Alert Program
U.S. Releases Trade Report On Worst Copyright Offenders
European ISPs May Be Ordered To Block User's Access To Pirated Content: court
Hotfile To Pay $80 Million In Settlement Case With MPAA
French Court Tackles Streaming and Download Sites
MPAA Lists The World's Most Notorious Markets For Illegal Film Distribution
Search Engines Encouraging Online Content Infringement: MPAA
France Drops Three-strikes Law
Australian Police Sized 80,000 Counterfeit DVDs
Web Piracy Does Not Affect Music Sales, Study Says
France Proposes Tougher Anti-Piracy Laws
Illegal P2P Music Downloads Dropped in 2012

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2014 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .