In March 2013, the State Council announced the decision of reviewing the Copyright Law Implementation Regulations, Regulations for the Protection of Information Network Transmission Rights, Protection of Computer Software Regulations. The reviews will enforce the sanctions, at . administrative level, for those . who will infringe the . . copyright uploading and . . .. diffusing third parties’ . . … material online without the … .. proper permissions. the . infringers who will obtain . . . .. illegal profit, can be fined up to 3 to 5 times’ fine as much as the illegal profit. The infringers who will not make any illegal profit or whose profit will be less than 50,000 RMB ($8,000) can be fined from 100,000 ($16,000) to 250,000 RMB ($40,000).

Specifically, the revised Copyright Law Implementation Regulations, the amount of the fine to infringers shall be evaluated case by case. Illegal profits up to 50,000 RMB will be fined form 1 to 5 times as the illegal profit. Infringing acts with no profit or with a profit less than 50,000 RMB, will be fined 250,000 RMB.

The revised Regulations for the Protection of Information Network Transmission Rights claims the same fines’ levels as the Copyright Law. Differently, the Protection of Computer Software Regulations establishes that infringements will be punished with injunction in relation to the production and distribution of infringing copies, confiscation of illegal profit and seizure of infringing copies and equipment used for making infringing copies, as well as fine.

(Source: China IP News)