Opinion concerning Unauthorized Reprinting Being Handled in Coordination by Publishing and Copyright Management Organs

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All provincial, autonomous region, municipal and plan-listed city press and publications bureaus, copyright bureaus (offices)

On the basis of administrative publishing management regulations, publishing work units or non-publishing work units are prohibited to reprint books published by other persons without authorization. On the basis of the provisions of the “Provisional Regulations on Book and Periodical Copyright Protection”, publishing work units enjoy the exclusive publishing right of no less than ten years over the books they legitimately publish, because of this, unauthorized reprinting of books published by other persons, violates the administrative publishing management rules, and also infringes the exclusive publishing right of the publisher and harms the copyright of the writer. Against this sort of act, the responsibility for violating the higher-level administrative management regulations and the responsibility for infringing copyright shall be investigated at the same time, because of this, this shall be handled in coordination by administrative publishing management organs and copyright management organs, they shall jointly issue documents, to simplify procedures and avoid duplicate handling. When handling matters in coordination, the different nature of the mistake shall be made clear in the handling decision, the punishment for violating publishing management regulations and the punishment for infringing copyright must be listed separately, and formulated clearly.

Where administrative publishing organs are not set up together with administrative copyright organs or there is no organ entrusted with copyright management, and a punishment decision can only be made for violation of publishing management regulations, a punishment decision that includes copyright content may not be unilaterally made, in order to avoid confusion.

新闻出版署、国家版权局关于对擅自翻印由出版和版权管理机关协同处理的意见

各省、自治区、直辖市和计划单列市新闻出版局、版权局(处):

根据出版行政管理规定,禁止出版单位或非出版单位擅自翻印他人出版的图书。根据《图书、期刊版权保护试行条例》的规定,出版单位对其正当出版的图书,享有不少于十年的专有出版权,因此,擅自翻印他人出版的图书,既违反出版行政管理规定,也侵犯出版者的专有出版权并侵害作者的版权。对此种行为,应当同时追究违反上级出版行政管理规定的责任和追究侵犯版权的责任,因此应由出版行政管理机关和版权管理机关协同处理,联合发文,以简化程序,并避免重复处理。协同处理时,错误的不同性质应在处理决定中讲明,对违反出版管理规定的处分与对侵权行为的处分要分别开列,表述清楚。

出版管理机关不与版权管理机关设在一起或没有被赋予版权管理职能的,只能就违反出版管理规定作出处分决定,不要单方面作出含有版权内容的处理决定,以免引起混乱。

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