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Copyright holders sign China piracy agreement

National Copyright Administration of China is a party to memorandum

By Steven Schwankert
December 17, 2006 12:00 PM ET

IDG News Service - Industry groups for producers of copyrighted material, including the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), signed an agreement on Friday with the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC) for protection against Internet piracy in China.

The Association of American Publishers and The Publishers Association of the U.K. also signed the memorandum, under which the industry groups will provide information about legal, authorized products distributed by their member companies in China. This allows the NCAC to distinguish between legal and pirated copy available online. Instances of Internet piracy will then be referred to the NCAC, which will then inform the proper legal authorities, the MPA said in a statement.

The BSA estimated that total pirated software losses in 2005 in China were $3.9 billionand that 86% of all software used in China during that year was pirated. The MPA estimated that the piracy rate for its members' products was 93%. Those numbers are calculated based on estimated sales if pirated or unauthorized products were not available.

BSA members include major technology companies such as Apple Computer Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Dell Inc. The MPA is comprised of Hollywood's largest film studios, such as Paramount Pictures Corp. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. It is the international arm of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Reprinted with permission from Story copyright 2014 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
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