Copyright cases heard by three major IP courts in China see fast growth
On April 13, the Sharing Classroom on China’s Copyright (the 4th session) was held in Guangzhou Development Zone of Huangpu District, Guangzhou City.
On April 13, the 4th session of Sharing Classroom on China’s Copyright was held in Guangzhou Development Zone of Huangpu District, Guangzhou City. It was learned that in 2017, three IP courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou handled 9,552 copyright-related cases in total, up by 95.53% from that in 2016. The IP courts in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai were inaugurated in 2014 in succession.
According to the statistics about three major IP courts in 2017 released by the magazine China Copyright on April 13, three IP courts handled a total of 9,552 copyright-related cases in 2017, up by 95.53% from 2016 (4,885 cases) and 220% from 2014 to 2015 (2,984 in total) when IP courts were initially established.
Among which, Guangzhou IP Court looked into 3,784 copyright cases, an increase of 126% over that in 2016 (1,674 cases in total), making it the one handling most copyright cases among the three specialized IPR courts.
As is known, South China is the area of copyrights and other related industries are located. As the strategy of building a new and innovative city is implemented, the copyright industry in Guangzhou grows vigorously in recent years. Statistics from China Copyright Protection Center indicated that Guangdong overtook Beijing to rank the top in 2016 in terms of software copyright registrations and remained in the top position for several consecutive months. The volume of copyright registrations in various types in Guangzhou accounts for over 50% of the total in Guangdong Province and tends to grow rapidly year after year. The demand of the whole South China for copyright protection and service is booming.