The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) issued the Guidelines on the Copyright Assets Management of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television Enterprises (Trial) (Guidelines) on the 27 February 2018.

The Guidelines apply to press, publication, radio, film and television enterprises, and relevant public institutions. The Guidelines require the enterprises to establish designated team and internal copyright management systems.

During daily operation, an enterprise should make sure that if they create or generate any copyright work that they have first determined or agreed upon the ownership of any intellectual property. If the intellectual property is the subject of a sale or purchase transaction, the enterprise should check that the chain of any transfers are clear and intact, and that the price or valuation of the intellectual property is appropriate. During use of the intellectual property, the enterprise should be aware of the scope of the IP right and any limitations or other restraints on it. In addition, the enterprise should keep a detailed record of the daily operations and transactions of all copyright related matters.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the Guidelines.