China enacts internet copyright regulation
by STEVEN SCHWANKERT
PC Advisor, publication date: 30 May 2006
"From 1 July, uploading or downloading copyrighted material from the internet will require the copyright holder's permission, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. Using, producing or importing devices capable of evading copyright protection is also banned under the regulation.
The new edict follows recent tough talk from the Chinese government on piracy and copyright violations. Industry groups such as the BSA (Business Software Alliance), MPA (Motion Picture Association), and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) have pressured China for years to improve its dismal record on pirated software and media."