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 Amending 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 the Rights
Chapter III Copyright Licensing and Assignment Contracts
Chapter IV Publication, Performances, Audio or Video Recordings and Broadcast
Section 1 Publication of Books, Newspapers and Periodicals
Section 2 Performances
Section 3 Audio and Video 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 in order to protect the copyright of authors in their literary, artistic and scientific works and the copyright-related rights and interests, to encourage the creation and dissemination of works that are beneficial to the development of socialist spiritual and material civilization, and to promote the development and prosperity of the socialist science and culture.

Article 54 A party that fails to perform its contractual obligations or whose performance of its contractual obligations does not conform to the agreed conditions shall assume civil liability in accordance with relevant laws and regulations provided in 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.

Article 55 Disputes arising from issues of copyright may be the subject of mediation.
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