On March 31, 2012, the National Copyright Administration issued for public comment a draft amendment to the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China. The public was permitted to submit comments on the draft until April 30, 2012. The draft provides a definition of “works” and adds “artworks with a practical application” to the list of works that are eligible for copyright protection. It also clarifies that copyright is generated automatically when a work is completed, and that no extra procedures need be performed. The draft permits copyright and related rights holders to register their rights with the relevant government authorities and provides that proof of registration provides preliminary proof of ownership. Copyright owners may license, transfer, pledge or otherwise lawfully use their property rights in a copyright. Under the draft, a written contract must be concluded to transfer or to exclusively license property rights to a copyright, and a registered transfer contract or exclusive license agreement may be enforced against third parties. Copyright administration departments are required to establish mediation commissions to handle copyright-related disputes.
The full Chinese text of the draft amendment is available here.