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 China anti-piracy campaign: licences withdrawn, Superman Returns
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Message Text: In a 100-day campaign against piracy, the Chinese government has revoked 368 business licenses for audiovisual products, including DVD and CD.

OneToTone continues its report:

Such licenses are mandatory if a company is engaged in the publication, manufacturing and distribution of audiovisual products.

China?s National Anti-Pornography and Anti-Piracy Office announced that 99 of the revoked licenses belonged to companies based in Jilin Province, in the north-east of the country, while 74 were from Henan Province in central China.

The campaign began on July 15 and is expected to continue until late October. The campaign was jointly launched by ten ministries and national departments, giving it a scale of involvement and a duration which is believed to be unprecedented.

During the first month of the 100-day crackdown on piracy, more than 89,000 shops and street vendors were raided by police and copyright officials: 9,508 of them were punished, and 3,014 shops selling pirated CDs, DVDs, and computer software were closed down.

 
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