Intellectual Property – PRC – COPYRIGHT



PRC Copyright law was promulgated in 1990 and amended in 2001. Copyright in the PRC is acquired on publication. However, there is also registration system. It is advisable that your copyright be registered in the PRC, especially when you want to license the use of the rights.


PRC is serious about protection of copyright. In a recent case where an educational institution in Beijing copied and used ETS and GMAC’s 53 TOEFL examination questions, 45 GRE examination questions, and 23 GMDT examination questions, the court awarded 10 million RMB compensation to the US copyright owner.