State Publishing Bureau Notice concerning Safeguarding Publishers’ Publishing Rights

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30 August 1981

Since last years, it has happened many times that some publishers wilfully reprinted other publishers’ books, or typeset and printed them by themselves with some small revisions. This sort of method infringing publishing rights violates our country’s publishing practice, and not only creates disorder in publishing work, and leads to disputes among publishing work unit, but it even influences book quality. This sort of irregular phenomenon in publishing circles should attract attention. In order to protect the publishing rights of publishers, the State Council document “Reports concerning Preventing Excessive Compilation and Printing of Books and Periodicals and Strengthening Publishing Management Work” and our Bureau’s “Provisional Book Rent (Supply) Type Stock Production Work Regulations”, have made rules in this regard, apart from the necessary reiteration of the provisions of the above documents, the following is also notified:

I, Domestic publishers enjoy the right of publication of the books they publish on the basis of the agreement between writer and editor, without the authorization of the original publisher, other publishers do not have the right to reprint these, and may also not typeset and print them after revision (not including abridged editions) or making superficial changes without authorization.

II, Where writers and translators have already licensed a manuscript with a publisher, other publishers may not use raising manuscript fee standards, duplicate fee payment and other irregular methods to typeset and publish it separately.

III, Publishers who wilfully reprint books, and infringe the rights of the original publisher must make a serious self-criticism, and compensate the damage of the original publisher: reprinted books are to be dealt with as rent-type books, and are to be delivered at a rent-type fee of the original rent-type fee stipulated by the original publisher plus 50%; the paper and plates used are to be handed over to the original publisher without compensation.

All publishers are requested to earnestly implement the above provisions. All publishers where reprinting of books occurred after the publication of the State Council document, should, according to the spirit of these provisions, self-criticize towards the original publisher, and discuss arrangements and methods.

国家出版局关于维护出版社出版权利的通知

去年以来,发生了多起某些出版社任意翻印或稍作删节自行排印其他出版社图书的情况。这种侵犯出版权利的做法,违反了我国的出版惯例,不仅造成出版工作的混乱,引起出版单位间的纠纷,甚至还影响了图书质量。出版界的这种不正常现象,应该引起注意。为了保护出版社的出版权利,国务院《关于制止滥编滥印书刊和加强出版管理工作的报告》的文件和我局《图书租(供)型造货工作的暂行规定》,都曾对此作过规定,除有必要重申上述文件的规定外,再作如下通知:

一、国内出版社根据作者和编注者的协议对自己出版的图书享有出版权利,没有原出版社的授权,其他出版社无权翻印,也不得擅自删节(不含缩写本)或改头换面之后另行排印。

二、著译者已授权给出版社的书稿,别的出版社不得用提高稿酬标准或重复付稿费等不正当手段,另行排印出版。

三、出版社任意翻印图书,侵犯原出版社权利,必须严肃检讨,并赔偿原出版社损失:翻印的图书作为租型图书处理,按原出版社规定的租型费率增加50%交付租型费;使用的纸型和图版无偿交给原出版社。

以上规定请各出版社认真执行。凡在国务院文件发出后发生翻印图书的出版社,都应按本规定的精神,向原出版社进行检讨,并协商善后办法。

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