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It's UK-China Copyright Week!

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31 August to 4 September 2015 is UK-China Copyright Week, when UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) representatives together with official from the UK's leading creative firms travel to China (Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai) to work with the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC).

The UK's delegation is being lead by Dr Ros Lynch, who is the UK IPO's Director of Copyright and Enforcement.

The aim of the seven-day high profile international event is to allow dialogue between business, policymakers and government from both countries.

Experiences and best practises from both jurisdictions will be shared. It is hoped that the sharing of such knowledge will lead to a more effective and better-protected copyright regime.

The reform of collective licensing, broadcasting rights, orphan works, copyright enforcement and the enforcement of other intellectual property rights will also be discussed over the course of the event.

Commenting on the event Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who is the UK's Intellectual Property Minister, stated:

"Our world-class film, music and games industries enjoy huge success in China. This week of activity will allow UK business to meet Chinese officials, to advance reform and renew the momentum for the strengthening of Chinese copyright law."

Also commenting, Richard Mollet, who is the Chief Executive of The Publishers Association, stated:

"UK-China Copyright week is an excellent opportunity to reinforce our mutual understanding of the importance of intellectual property while also strengthening economic and cultural relations between the UK and China.

"Copyright underpins success in publishing and all other creative industries. UK physical book export sales to mainland China increased 6% to £57 million in 2014 and it is vital that we create an environment to protect this market and foster future growth."

China, which is one of the UK's main trader partners, has the fourth largest TV market worldwide, while it's radio market in the world's third largest. Further, It is expected that China's music market and broadcasting industry will grow significantly over the next five years.

Accordingly, in addition to the areas already mentioned above, the following areas of China's copyright law are undergoing major reform:

• digital environment and internet service providers;
• sound recordings and public performance rights;
• works of applied art ownership provisions for films;
• limitations & exceptions;
• exercise of rights; and
• technological protection measures.

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