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at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, applau
ded the campaign as a timely and necessary step to regulate those providing stock images.
“We should abide by laws and litigation to protect copyright in
stead of abusing them to profit improperly,” he said.
On April 15, the Shanghai Observer reported that the company, which was founde
d in June 2000 and partners with the photo agency Getty Images in the United States, had faced increased co
pyright-related disputes since it set up a special rights protection division in 2016.
The company was involved 2,279 cases in 2017 and 1,908 last year, the report said, adding that most court rulings had been in its favor.
A search by China Daily for the company’s name on China J
udgments Online, a website operated by the Supreme People’s Court that discloses ve
rdicts, resulted in more than 1,600 lawsuits being found, most of them related to copyright.
exposed disordered copyright management by stock-image providers, legal
professionals said the increased efforts to protect copyright should be applauded.
For example, the National Copyright Administration has launched crackdowns against pira
ted works every year, aiming to increase copyright protection through administrative measures.
Last year, it took online short videos, audio material, literary articles and music as major target
s. It eliminated 1.85 million web links with content that infringed copyright, and confiscated 1.23 million pirated works.
Wang, the Beijing lawyer, said he appreciated governme
nt attempts to protect copyright, but said such efforts are still insufficient.
He called for the country to improve copyright-related laws as soon as poss
ible, and especially to issue a specific rule for footage, pictures or other photographic works.
lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost
the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.
While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.
Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction
and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente
r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg
istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.
Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the
ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p
technology in China and people’s heavy use of online shopping, mobile payment and
banking services have allowed e-visa services to take root quickly in the country.
“Such services, which save the time and trouble of sending passports and paper documents back and fort
h, suit the young groups, who usually don’t plan for a trip far ahe
ad of time,” said Li Ailing, founder of lvyouquan.com, which provides tourism information to agencies.
Objectivity and impartiality were emphasized in the latest draft revisions to the Jud
ges Law and the Procurators Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.
According to the drafts, judges should adjudicate based on facts an
d the law, guided by objectivity and impartiality. Procurators should do the same.
Procurators must strictly ensure that crimes are punished only
under the law, and protect human rights. They must prosec
ute criminals while protecting the innocent from criminal prosecution, the draft revisions say.