Notice Concerning that the “Trial Regulations on Books and Periodicals Copyright Protection” May Not Be Openly Published
20 February 1987
Since the Ministry of Culture promulgated the “Trial Regulations on Books and Periodicals Copyright Protection” (MOC (84) no. 849), many periodical publications have actively propagated copyright knowledge, reported on the handling of relevant copyright disputes, and have had an active promotional function in the dissemination of copyright knowledge and the establishment of a copyright system in our Country.
The “Trial Regulations on Books and Periodicals Copyright Protection” is an internal classified document, the Ministry of Culture has clearly pointed out in the notice promulgating these Regulations that: “According to the present circumstances, in order to avoid attracting foreign-related copyright controversies, this document may not be openly published, and may not be divulged to foreigners”. But recently, it has transpired that a number of openly published periodical publications have divulged in their reporting that our country presently already has these Regulations on copyright protection. This has brought about difficulties for our handling of foreign-related copyright relations and developing foreign-related cultural exchange. Therefore, it is now reiterated” the “Trial Regulations on Books and Periodicals Copyright Protection” is an internal document, may not be openly published and may not be divulged to foreigners. If it has to function as a basis or cited as evidence, saying “according to relevant national regulations” is permitted, but the title of the above-mentioned document may not be directly named. All work units are requested to strictly obey and implement this. Newspapers, periodicals, broadcast stations and television stations are also requested to pay attention to grasp this point.