Notice Concerning Strictly Attacking “Kung Fu”, “Dao Lang”, “The Great Emperor Han Wu Di” and a Series of Other Unlawful Audiovisual Products

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29 December 2004

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal culture offices (bureaus), the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Culture Bureau, the Beijing Municipal Press and Publications Bureau:

New Year and the Spring Festival of 2005 are about to arrive, this is a peak sales season that happens once a year in the audiovisual market. Lawless persons also often use the New Year and Spring Festival period to peddle and hawk smuggled and pirated audiovisual products on a large scale, disordering cultural market order and infringing the intellectual property rights of copyright holders. In order to further strengthen audiovisual market management during the Spring Festival period, firmly attack unlawful and criminal activities of intellectual property infringement, in order to create a good market environment for the development of the audiovisual industries of our nation, the relevant matters are hereby notified as follows:

I, Recently under the attack and influence of compressed DVD discs and other unlawful audiovisual products, the confidence of audiovisual product wholesale and retail merchants operating in legitimate goods has been harmed, and irregular large amounts of goods and other phenomena have emerged in markets. All levels’ culture management departments and inspection organs must, from the height of moving the Socialist spiritual civilization construction forward and protecting intellectual property rights and the nation’s audiovisual industry, firmly attack compressed DVD discs and a series of other unlawful audiovisual products, give high regard to the fostering and development of local culture markets, assist audiovisual product trading work units to establish confidence, raise market expansion capacity and the capacity to withstand risks, unflinchingly engage in legitimate audiovisual product circulation, distribution and retail business activities, in order to serve satisfying the popular masses’ daily increasing spiritual needs

II, In order to realistically expand intellectual property rights protection strength, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate have recently published the “Interpretation Concerning Some Issues on the Concretely Applicable Law in Handling Criminal Intellectual Property Rights Infringement Cases” (hereafter named “Interpretation”) and have officially implemented it. The “Interpretation” clearly provides that those reproducing and distributing 1000 discs (copies) of unlawful audiovisual products shall be punished under the crime of infringing copyright with a prison sentence of three years or less or short detention; those distributing 500 discs (copies) of unlawful audiovisual products, shall be punished under the crime of copyright infringement with a prison sentence of three years or more but less than seven years. The official implementation of the “Interpretation” has established a good legal basis for strengthening audiovisual market management, protecting legitimate version trading and strictly attack piracy trading.

All levels’ cultural market management departments and inspection organs must earnestly study, understand and implement the “Interpretation”, further launch punishment campaigns where pirates are delivered to courts. During cultural market inspection and management work, special attention must be paid to coordinating and cooperating with public security, procuratorates, courts and other departments, strictly implementing the “interpretation” and expanding criminal protection strength for the audiovisual market. All cases that are suspected to constitute a crime shall, according to the “Regulations on Administrative Law Enforcement Organs Transferring Suspected Criminal Cases”, prepare the required documents and thoroughly organize case transfer.

III, After the issuance of the “Ministry of Culture Urgent Notice Concerning Launching the Audiovisual Market Administration Winter Campaign to Severely Attack DVD Condensed Discs” (WMDZ No. [2004]28), all levels’ cultural market departments and inspection organs have thoroughly organized matters and vigorously operated, have obtained important achievements in attacking compressed DVD discs and other unlawful audiovisual products, but the situation that pirated compressed DVD discs are rampant has not been basically stopped, and in a number of areas, this sort of problem of overflowing piracy is still very grave. All levels must continue to implement the “Ministry of Culture Urgent Notice Concerning Launching the Audiovisual Market Administration Winter Campaign to Severely Attack DVD Condensed Discs“, firmly attack lawless persons’ use of high and new technology methods to engage in unlawful and criminal acts of smuggling and piracy, determinedly capture compressed DVD discs and other unlawful audiovisual products, and organize large-scale destruction activities, in order to frighten lawless persons, and express the strength and determination of government organs in attacking piracy and protecting intellectual property rights.

IV, In recent years, extremely small numbers of lawless persons have often wildly pirated programmes having relatively high market appeal, causing the rights holders to suffer grave economic damage. In the near future, we must strictly attack unlawful audiovisual products such as the film “A World Without Thieves” (the legitimate version is exclusively distributed by the Guangdong Zhongkai Culture Development Co. Ltd., all carry a press and publications audiovisual  anti-counterfeit symbol with number YX0008), “Kung Fu” (the legitimate version will be distributed from 1 February 2005 by Guangdong Taisheng Culture Dissemination Co. Ltd), the music compilation “Dao Lang – Kasghar Poplars” (the legitimate version is exclusively distributed by the Guangdong Dazheng Cultural Dissemination Co. Ltd., all carry a press and publications audiovisual  anti-counterfeit symbol with number YX0009), the television drama “The Great Emperor Han Wu Di (the legitimate version is exclusively distributed by the Guangdong Zhongkai Culture Development Co. Ltd., all carry a press and publications audiovisual  anti-counterfeit symbol with number YX0008), etc. At the same time, the Ministry of Culture Cultural Market Department will announce a catalogue and the characteristics of all legitimate originally-sing audiovisual products of Dao Lang (Luo Lin) on the Chinese Cultural Market web (www.ccm.gov.cn).

V, Extremely small numbers of lawless persons have often collected large numbers of programmes in piracy activities, adopted serial piracy methods, marked series names, and flooded the market on a large scale. Film and music are two categories with the most series piracy. All levels must pay attention to collecting the names and characteristics of series piracy during their work, and regularly issue inspection and capture catalogues to guide the local inspection work. The Ministry of Culture Cultural Market Department will set up a “Full Series Piracy Catalogue” theme on the Chinese Cultural Market web audiovisual channel and the culture inspection channel, and regularly announce the most recent full series piracy names, characteristics and main programme categories. All localities are requested to report situations such as full series piracy names, characteristics, main programme categories and quantities, etc., discovered during the process of investigating and prosecuting cases to the Ministry of Culture Cultural Market Department (010-65551880, 65551899).

It is hereby notified.

Ministry of Culture General Office

29 December 2004

文化部办公厅关于严厉打击《功夫》、《刀郎》、《汉武大帝》等以及成系列违法音像制品的通知

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:
2005年元旦、春节将至,这是音像市场一年一度的销售旺季。不法分子也往往利用元旦春节期间大肆兜售、抛销走私盗版音像制品,扰乱文化市场秩序,侵犯著作权人的知识产权。为了进一步加强节庆期间音像市场管理,坚决打击侵犯知识产权的违法犯罪活动,为我国民族音像产业的发展创造良好市场环境,现将有关事项通知如下:
一、近来,受DVD压缩碟等违法音像制品的冲击和影响,音像制品批发、零售商经营正版的信心受到损害,市场出现了不正常的大量退货等现象。各级文化管理部门、稽查机构要从推进社会主义精神文明建设,保护知识产权和民族音像产业的高度,坚决打击DVD压缩碟等一系列违法音像制品,高度重视对当地文化市场的培育和发展,帮助音像制品经营单位建立信心,提高市场开拓能力和抵御风险的能力,坚定不移地从事正版音像制品的物流配送和分销经营活动,为满足人民群众日益增长的文化需求服务。
二、为了切实加大对知识产权保护的力度,最高人民法院、最高人民检察院最近公布了《关于办理侵犯知识产权刑事案件具体应用法律若干问题的解释》(以下称《解释》)并已正式施行。《解释》明确规定,复制发行违法音像制品1000张(份)的,应当以侵犯著作权罪判处三年以下有期徒刑或拘役;复制发行违法音像制品500O张(份)的,应当以侵犯著作权罪判处三年以上七年以下有期徒刑。《解释》的正式施行,为加强音像市场管理,保护正版经营,严厉打击盗版经营奠定了良好的法律基础。
各级文化市场管理部门、稽查机构要认真学习、领会、贯彻和落实《解释》,进一步开展把盗版分子送上法庭的整治行动。在文化市场稽查管理工作中要特别注重与公安、检察和法院等部门协调配合,严格执行《解释》,加大对音像市场的刑法保护力度。凡涉嫌触犯刑律的案件,应当按照《行政执法机关移送涉嫌犯罪案件的规定》,备齐有关文件,周密组织案件移交。
三、《文化部关于立即开展音像市场整治冬季行动严厉打击DVD压缩碟的紧急通知》(文明电字[2004]28号)下发以后,各级文化市场管理部门、稽查机构周密组织,积极行动,在打击DVD压缩碟等违法音像制品方面取得了重要成果,但是盗版DVD压缩碟猖獗的势头并没有根本遏制,在一些地区这种盗版泛滥的问题仍然严重。各地要继续贯彻落实《文化部关于立即开展音像市场整治冬季行动严厉打击DVD压缩碟的紧急通知》,坚决打击不法分子利用高科技手段从事走私盗版的违法犯罪行为,坚决收缴DVD压缩碟等各类违法音像制品,并组织大规模的销毁活动,以震慑不法分子,表明政府部门打击盗版,保护知识产权的力度和决心。
四、近年来,极少数盗版分子往往疯狂盗版具有较高市场号召力的节目,使得权益人遭受重大经济损失。近期,要严厉打击电影《天下无贼》(正版将由广东中凯文化发展有限公司独家发行,全部加贴YX0008号段的新版音像防伪标识)、《功夫》(正版将在2005年2月1日起由广东泰盛文化传播有限公司发行)、音乐专辑《刀郎一喀什噶尔胡杨》(正版将由广东大圣文化传播有限公司独家发行,全部加贴YX0009号段的新版音像防伪标识)、电视剧《汉武大帝》(正版将由广东中凯文化发展有限公司独家发行,全部加贴YX0008号段的新版音像防伪标识)等违法音像制品。同时,文化部文化市场司将在中国文化市场网(www.ccm.gov.cn)上公布所有刀郎(罗林)原人原唱正版音像制品目录和特征。
五、极少数不法分子在盗版活动中往往大量收集节目,采用系列盗版方式,标注系列名称,大规模冲击市场。电影和音乐是成系列盗版最多的两个门类。各地在工作中要注意收集系列盗版的名称和特征,定期下发查缴目录,指导当地的稽查工作。文化部文化市场司将在中国文化市场网音像电影频道和文化稽查频道开设“成系列盗版目录”专题,随时公布最新的成系列盗版的名称、特征和主要节目种类。请各地把查处案件过程中发现的成系列盗版的名称、特征、主要节目种类和数量等情况报送文化部文化市场司(010–65551880,65551899)。
特此通知。

文化部办公厅
二〇〇四年十二月二十九日

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