copyright

Warner Music - Victim of a Chinese frivolous lawsuit?

[By Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

[Author’s note: Key lessons for non-Chinese litigants: frivolous lawsuit] 

Beijing Chaoyang District People’s Court

 Beijing Manjiang Tech Development Co. Ltd. (Plaintiff)

v.

Beijing Warner Music Copyright Agency (Defendant)

February 17, 2012[1]

Translated Decisions: 

A Copyright Case on C2C

Time of the judgment: Jun.16, 2011

Court: People’s Court for Haidian District, Beijing, PRC.

Judge: Li Dongtao

Plaintiff: Beijing Science & Technology Publishing House co., Ltd.

Defendant: Docin.com Century (Beijing) Technology co., Ltd.

Facts:

Forward thinking

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

After reading Judge's article on online forms, it occurred to me that as the Chinese increase E-commerce online activities, one should also focus on the basic intellectual property protection, such as copyright. The idea of combining geometric shapes with color for garnering interior decorating customers was ingenious and should certainly be protected.

Commissioned Work

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]
The term used in Judge Li's article is the “commissioned work.” This term is to be understood as “work-for-hire” as used in American Copyright law.

Features of Chinese Copyright Law

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

Dispute Over Online Forms: Online Forms May Be Deemed Copyrightable Works

By Dongtao Li, LL.M., Judge of The People’s Court of Haidian District, Beijing, China. (Posted on January 6, 2011.

This article was previously published in Judge Li's book Dongtao on Law.)

Copyrighting "ME": Copyright Issues Involving Commissioned Work

By Dongtao Li, LL.M., Judge of The People’s Court of Haidian District, Beijing, China.

(Posted on January 6, 2011. This article was previously published in Judge Li's book Dongtao on Law.)

A Case of Website Homepages: Website Homepage is Copyrightable in China

By Dongtao Li, LL.M., Judge of The People’s Court of Haidian District, Beijing, China.

(Posted on January 6, 2011. This article was previously published in Judge Li's book Dongtao on Law.)

Mark Your Calendar: Sixth Annual Chinese Intellectual Property Forum

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The John Marshall Law School with the China Intellectual Property Training Center of SIPO are bringing together Sixth Annual Chinese Intellectual Property Forum: Future of Chinese Patent Landscape: Law/Regulation Updates; IP Monetization and Impact of ITC investigations.  We bring the most up-to-date information of IP in China to stakeholders on China IP issues from U.S. government, academics and enterprises to share their insights on critical issues involving China IP.  

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