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Guide For Copyright Registration in PRC

    The Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China was promulgated on September 7, 1990 and came into effect on June 1, 1991. The Copyright Law protects the following works:
a) literary works;
b) oral works
c) musical, drama, quyi, dancing
d) fine art, photography
e) movie, television, and video works
f) engineering design, product design with illustrations
g) maps
h) other works protected by laws and administrative regulations
    Chinese citizens, legal persons or non legal person enjoy copyright for their works by whether the works are published or not. A foreign author enjoys copyright under the law for the work first published in China. The works by foreigner published outside of China also enjoys copyright protections pursuant to relevant agreements between the two countries or international treaties to which both are parties.

    In December 1994, the State Copyright Bureau issued the Interim Measures for the voluntary Registration of works, which became effective on January 1, 1995. This was aimed at protecting the legitimate rights of copyright owners and users, and solving disputes arising from copyright ownership. The measure of registration stipulated that provincial level copyright authorities is responsible for registration of the works by Chinese authors while the State Copyright Bureau handles the registration from overseas authors or copyright owners.

In applying for the copyright registration, the following documents are to be submitted:

a) application forms;

b) identity certificate of applicant; notarization needed;

c) introduction of the work

d) a pledge letter of right

e) sample of the work;

f) documents showing the copyright, i.e., copyright page and agreement;

g) power of attorney.

    The copyright authorities shall finish the examination and issue the registrations certificate within one month from receiving the application.

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