Urgent Notice Concerning Launching the Audiovisual Market Administration Winter Campaign to Severely Attack DVD Condensed Discs

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Recently, a sort if illegal audiovisual product named DVD Condensed Disc has seriously affected the audiovisual market on a large scale, leading the sales of legal audiovisual products, especially television dramas and films to drop rapidly, gravely damaging the copyright holders’ lawful rights and interest, throwing the audiovisual market order into disorder, damaging the Chinese government’s intellectual property right protection system.

DVD compressed discs, also named universal DVD, HDVD or marked as DVD-9, DVD-ROM, PC-DVD, can contain 10 television series items or 8 feature films, and can be played on DVD players and computer DVD readers. DVD compressed disc capacity is large, price low, compatibility strong, and they are sold mainly through computer malls, electronic malls, software markets and mobile vending stalls, if they are not speedily controlled, they will create grave damage to our country’s audiovisual industry.

In order to persistently attack unlawful audiovisual DVD compressed disc products, protect intellectual property rights, safeguard the ethnicities’ audiovisual industry’s basic rights and interests, according to the demands of the “State Council Secretariat Notice Concerning Printing and Distributing the Intellectual Property Right Protection Special Operation Scheme”, the Ministry of Culture decides to launch an audiovisual market cleaning up winter campaign, from now until 28 February 2005, to severely attack all sorts of unlawful audiovisual products, such as DVD compressed discs, etc. Relevant issues are hereby notified as follows:

I, It is necessary to highly attach importance to the gravity of the danger DVD compressed discs pose to our country’s audiovisual market and the ethnicities’ culture industry. All levels’ culture market inspection organs must, during the winter operation, make attacking DVD compressed discs into the main task of their present inspection and management work, urgently mobilize personnel, concentrate forces, operate speedily, persist in restraining the overflowing situation of DVD compressed discs

II, Immediately conduct complete inspection of the audiovisual wholesale, retail and rental business work units in the jurisdiction, the level of inspection may not be lower than 80%. As soon as dealing in unlawful audiovisual products such as DVD compressed discs is discovered, it must be strictly dealt with according to the law, to discovered clues, timely communication must be made, and they must be searched thoroughly and hardly, to attack the sources. It is prohibited for DVD compressed discs to flow into audiovisual retail shops and rental shops.

III, Entities such as industry and commerce, public security, press and publications, city management, etc, will vigorously cooperate and coordinate, to form resource pools, and severely attack unlawful business activities such as selling DVD compressed discs, etc., in computer malls, electronic malls, software markets as well as unlicensed vending stalls, mobile peddlers, to maximize limit and lower DVD compressed discs to flow into the market.

IV, To meet the case filing and investigation standard conditions, all levels’ cultural market inspection and management entities mist timely transfer to the public security organs, to investigate criminal liability of persons suspected of criminal activities according to the law, and pirates will be transferred to the Courts.

V, The Ministry of Culture Cultural Market Department dispatches inspection groups united with relevant entities, to increase supervision and inspection strength over focal areas and focal cases. Where market supervision and management  is performed perfunctorily, and creates market order chaos, and overflow of DVD compressed discs, liability must be investigated according to the law, and criticism will be briefed.

VI, All provincial, autonomous region and municipal culture halls (bureaus), Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Culture Bureau, Beijing Municipal Press and Publications Bureau must every half month report the situation relating to attacking unlawful audiovisual products such as DVD compressed discs, etc., (including law enforcement man-hours, inspection work units, investigation and confiscation numbers, cases transferred, etc.), to the Ministry of Culture Cultural Market Department.

All localities’ work progress situation shall be published on the China Cultural Market website “www.ccm.gov.cn” audiovisual and film channel and cultural market inspection channel special topic “Attacking DVD compressed discs Winter Operation”. Tel.:010-65551896/7; 010-65552132/3; fax: 010-65551899/6; 010-65551010; e-mail address: lijian@ccm.gov.cn; epic.lee@163.com; jcjb@ccm.gov.cn.

It is hereby notified

Ministry of Culture

4 December 2004

文化部关于立即开展音像市场治理冬季行动严厉打击DVD压缩碟的紧急通知

近来,一种名为DVD压缩碟的违法音像制品大规模冲击音像市场,导致正版音像制品尤其是电视剧和电影的销售急剧下降,严重损害著作权人的合法权益,扰乱音像市场秩序,损害中国政府保护知识产权形象。

DVD压缩碟,又称万能DVD、HDVD,或标注为DVD-9、DVD-ROM、PC-DVD,能容纳10集电视连续剧或8部电影故事片,可以在DVD机及电脑DVD光驱上播放。DVD压缩碟容量大、价格低、兼容性强,主要通过电脑城、电子城、软件市场和流动摊贩销售,如不迅速控制,将对我国音像业造成重大损失。

为了坚决打击DVD压缩碟违法音像制品,保护知识产权,维护民族音像业根本利益,根据《国务院办公厅关于印发保护知识产权专项行动方案的通知》要求,文化部决定,从即日起至2005年2月28日开展音像市场治理冬季行动,严厉打击DVD压缩碟等各种形式的违法音像制品。现将有关问题通知如下:

一、要高度重视DVD压缩碟对我国音像市场和民族文化产业危害的严重性。各级文化市场稽查机构在冬季行动中,要把打击DVD压缩碟作为当前稽查管理工作的主要任务,紧急动员,集中力量,迅速行动,坚决遏制DVD压缩碟泛滥的局面。

二、立即对辖区内音像批发、零售、出租经营单位进行全面检查,检查面不得低于80%。一经发现经营DVD压缩碟等违法音像制品,要依法从严处理,对发现的线索要及时沟通,追根溯源,打击源头。严禁DVD压缩碟流入音像零售门店、出租店。

三、积极协调、配合工商、公安、新闻出版、城管等部门,形成合力,严厉打击电脑城、电子城、软件市场以及无证摊点、流动商贩兜售DVD压缩碟等违法经营活动,最大限度地减少DVD压缩碟流入市场。

四、对于达到立案侦查标准的案件,各级文化市场稽查管理部门要及时移送公安机关,依法追究犯罪嫌疑人的刑事责任,将盗版分子送上法庭。

五、文化部文化市场司将联合有关部门派出检查组,加大对重点地区、重点案件的监督检查力度。对市场监管不力,造成市场秩序混乱,DVD压缩碟泛滥的,要依法追究责任,并予通报批评。

六、各省、自治区、直辖市文化厅(局)、新疆生产建设兵团文化局、北京市新闻出版局要每半个月将打击DVD压缩碟等违法音像制品的相关情况(包括执法人次、查处单位、查缴数量、案件移送等)报送文化部文化市场司。

各地工作进展情况将在中国文化市场网(www.ccm.gov.cn)音像电影频道和文化市场稽查频道“打击DVD压缩碟冬季行动”专题中发布。电话:010-65551896/7,010-65552132/3;传真:010-65551899/6,010-65551010;电子邮件地址:lijian@ccm.gov.cn,epic.lee@163.com,jcjb@ccm.gov.cn。

特此通知。

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