State Council Decision concerning Revising the “Implementation Regulations for the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China”
This revision of the Copyright Law Implementation Regulations refines punitive rules for copyright infringements that harm social or public interest. The maximum punishment for large cases has been increased from three times to five times the illegal business value, and a mandatory minimum of one time the illegal business value has been added. For smaller cases, the maximum fine has been raised from 100.000 Yuan to 250.000 Yuan.
The State Council has decided to make the following revision to the “Implementation Regulations for the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China”:
Article 36 is revised into: “Where an act of infringement listed in Article 48 of the Copyright law occurs, and at the same time, the social or public interest is harmed, and illegal business value is 50.000 Yuan or more, the administrative copyright management department may impose a fine of one time or more but less than five times the illegal business value; where there is no illegal business value or the illegal business value is less than 50.000 Yuan, the administrative copyright management department, on the basis of the gravity of the circumstances, may impose a fine of 250.000 Yuan or less.”
This Decision takes effect on 1 March 2013.
The “Implementation Regulations for the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China” are revised on the basis of this Decision and promulgated again.