Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (Revised in 2010)

Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (Revised in 2010)
Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (Revised in 2010)

Order of the President of the People's Republic of China No.26

February 26, 2010

(Adopted at the 15th Session of the Standing Committee of the 7th National People's Congress on September 7, 1990, and amended for the first time in accordance with the Decision on Revising the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China passed at the 24th Session of the Standing Committee of the 9th National People's Congress on October 27, 2001.

Amended for the second time in accordance with the Decisions on Revising the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China passed at the 13th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress on February 26, 2010)

Table of Contents
Chapter I General Provisions
Chapter II Copyright
Section 1 Copyright Owners and Their Rights
Section 2 Ownership of Copyright
Section 3 Protection Period of the Rights
Section 4 Limitation of Rights
Chapter III Copyright Licensing and Transfer Contracts
Chapter IV Publications, Performance, Sound or Visual Recordings and Broadcasts
Section 1 Publication of Books, Newspapers and Periodicals
Section 2 Performance
Section 3 Sound and Visual Recordings
Section 4 Broadcasts by Radio or Television Stations
Chapter V Legal Liability and Enforcement Measures
Chapter VI Supplementary Provisions

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 This Law is enacted in accordance with the Constitution of the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the "Constitution") in order to protect the copyright of authors in their literary, artistic and scientific works and copyright-related rights and interests, to encourage the creation and dissemination of works conducive to the building of the socialist spiritual and material civilization, and to promote the development and prosperity of socialist science and culture.

Article 54 Parties to a contract that fail to perform their contractual obligations or to perform their contractual obligations in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract shall bear civil liability in accordance with the General Principles of Civil Law of the People's Republic of China, the Contract Law of the People's Republic of China, and other applicable laws and regulations.

Article 55 Copyright disputes may be subject to mediation or be submitted to an arbitration institution for arbitration pursuant to a written arbitration agreement or the arbitration clause of the copyright contract entered into between the parties.
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